LONG BEACH, Calif. – The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) annual conference and expo has a long history, having just completed its 85th event, this time in Southern California. But the gathering is just as much about the future of occupational therapy as its present state.
Among the attendees were throngs of occupational therapy students attending seminars and checking out mobility equipment, ADLs and related services in the exhibit hall. In addition to timeless sessions on working with children with developmental disabilities and seniors with Alzheimer’s, seminars on reintegrating citizen-soldiers and delaying institutionalization of seniors by making homes more accessible reflected society’s newly current needs as well.
On the mobility side of things, the emphasis was on practical solutions. Invacare touted its new Microban-enhanced bath safety line, designed to reduce bacteria, mold and mildew. Quantum Rehab talked up the Quantum 600 power chair and upcoming Quantum 500, designed for a user with more standard needs, with a lower price point to match. Convaid talked to attendees about its crash-tested, lightweight chairs for kids and adults. Bayport Healthcare demonstrated Denmark-designed mobility products, including a shower commode with power tilt and elevate functions.
Among the exhibitors was the city of Charlotte, N.C., who will host the 2006 event April 27-30, 2006. For more information — and research/speaker deadlines — visit www.aota.org.