June 10, 2009                                              Bulletin 2011-1



         Seven conferences for the price of ...
Caregiving in the 21st Century – Co-chairs are Dr. Jane Barratt,
Secretary General of the International Federation on Agei...
Advances in Neurorehabilitation-2 – Co-chairs are Dr. William
McIlroy, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Univers...
The concept of universal design is becoming better known and being
    adopted more enthusiastically around the world. How...
Representation of Delegates by Country


     Australia       48                      New Zealand              7
     Came...
FICCDAT Sponsorship opportunities not to be missed!

Through the advancements of technology and research, more people will...
Don't miss FICCDAT 2011!
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Ficcdat Bulletin 2011 1 June 10 09

  1. 1. June 10, 2009 Bulletin 2011-1 Seven conferences for the price of one! Book your calendar now! June 5 – 8, 2011 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Toronto, Ontario, Canada Welcome to the first newsletter of the next Festival! Festival Co-chairs Andria Spindel and Dr. Geoff Fernie have been busy laying the groundwork and are delighted to share significant highlights with you: Sally Horsfall Eaton has again graciously agreed to serve as Honorary Chair. New website, registration and conference management software has been selected and we will be ready to launch soon. Seven conferences have been confirmed. The registration process will be simple – registering for any ONE of the conferences will give you access to all SEVEN conferences!
  2. 2. Caregiving in the 21st Century – Co-chairs are Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing, and Dr. Janet Fast, Co-Director of Research on Aging, Policies and Practice at the University of Alberta. The Caregiving Conference in 2007 included very significant representation from the UK and Australia. A major objective of this conference in 2011 will be to increase participation from other parts of the world. 34th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference (CMBEC34) – Co-chairs are being confirmed by the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES), which intends to hold its annual conference again as part of FICCDAT. The presence of CMBES in 2007 provided an opportunity for caregivers, consumers and researchers to learn more about medical technologies that are increasingly being used in the home environment with, for example, home dialysis and drug infusion. This was also an important opportunity for medical engineers involved in device development to gain an understanding of the needs of people in the community beyond the walls of hospitals. This conference attracts a large number of medical device exhibitors. Growing Older With A Disability – Co-chairs are Ms Sandy Keshen, President and CEO of Reena and Dr. Margaret Campbell, Senior Scientist for Planning and Policy Support at the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. This conference will further explore the nexus between aging and disability. This topic is increasing in relevance year by year now that people with disabilities are living longer. The disciplines surrounding both fields, and the people involved in all aspects; policy, research and practice, have much to learn from each other. 3rd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA-3) This conference will be chaired by Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto and Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, who is a world leader in the development and application of intelligent systems to assist people with dementia. The 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging in FICCDAT 2007 attracted large numbers of overseas participants. We hope to increase the scope of the assistive technology that is represented to include all of rehabilitation technology and to attract a larger presence of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation engineers.
  3. 3. Advances in Neurorehabilitation-2 – Co-chairs are Dr. William McIlroy, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, and Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Dr. Milos Popovic, Chair, Spinal Cord Injury Research and Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Associate Professor, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and Prof. Molly Verrier, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The Conference was an enormous success in 2007 presenting the very latest research from around the world in treatment resulting from recent advances in neuroscience. There is also early discussion about the potential involvement of organizations involved with head injuries. Independence, Community and Empowerment (ICE) – Co-chairs are Ms Nora Rothschild, Speech Language Pathologist at Bloorview Kids Rehab and Ms Donna Mackay, Associate Director of National and Provincial Programs at March of Dimes. March of Dimes has organized, supported and participated in the precursor conferences for people who rely on various forms of augmentative and alternative communication. The conferences have attracted up to 200 people who rely on technology to enable them to communicate, along with specialists in augmentative communication. Participants and speakers may use augmentative and alternative communication for their interactions during the conference. Reports of the first conference indicate that participants and their families were often overwhelmed by the emotional experience of encountering a whole community of people using communication technology, including role models who were presenting at the conference. The opportunity for researchers and practitioners attending other conferences to participate in this extraordinary event is likely to have a very powerful impact on their awareness of the importance and opportunities that these technologies provide. The International Conference on Best Practices in Universal Design – Co-chairs are Edward Steinfeld, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Dr. Peter Blanck, University Professor and Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and Dr. Aaron Steinfeld, Systems Scientist in the Robotics Institute (RI) at Carnegie Mellon University.
  4. 4. The concept of universal design is becoming better known and being adopted more enthusiastically around the world. However, the practical guidelines that are needed to help architects, designers and others achieve successful universal design are still under development and this conference will provide a major stimulus internationally to their creation and application. Topics will include the design of housing, transportation, public spaces, furnishings and every other product and service field where the philosophy is to design not just for a percentage of the population, but to be inclusive of all. In addition to these conferences, there are plans for instructional courses and special symposia. We are delighted that the following organizations have agreed to serve on the Steering Committee, which is accountable for the entire Festival: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute March of Dimes Canada Canadian Hearing Society Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society International Federation on Ageing Ontario Accessibility Directorate Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat Reena The Health Technology Exchange University of Toronto, Rehabilitation Sciences Section VON Canada FICCDAT 2007 Facts Did you know there were….? 160 organizing committee volunteers 200 onsite volunteers, including attendants 1275 delegates from 36 countries represented 898 peer reviewed accepted abstracts 767 presentations and posters 87 exhibitors: home health care, assistive devices, technology, governments – municipal, provincial, federal, not-for-profit and caregiver organizations, manufacturers, hospitals 2 symposia 2 Festival morning panel discussions
  5. 5. Representation of Delegates by Country Australia 48 New Zealand 7 Cameroon 3 Nigeria 5 Canada 879 Northern Ireland 4 China 3 Norway 2 Cuba 1 Pakistan 1 Czech Republic 1 Portugal 1 Denmark 3 Republic of Ireland 5 Estonia 3 Russia 1 Finland 1 Singapore 2 France 4 South Africa 2 Germany 3 South Korea 4 Ghana 9 Spain 3 Greece 1 Sweden 18 Guyana 1 Switzerland 3 India 1 Taiwan 5 Israel 14 Uganda 1 Italy 2 United Kingdom 40 Japan 8 United States of Kenya 2 America 143 Lithuania 1 Zimbabwe 1 Namibia 2 Not identified 21 Netherlands 6 Proceedings Selected presentations from the 2nd International Conference on Technology & Aging were published in book form, Technology and Aging. Mihailidis A, Boger J, Kautz H, Normie L, eds. Amsterdam: IOS Press 2008. To read the publication overview and purchase the proceedings, copy and paste this url into your browser http://www.iospress.nl/loadtop/load.php?isbn=9781586038151 Caregivers: Essential Partners in Care produced a summary of proceedings. To download a copy in pdf, available in English and French, copy and paste this url into your browser http://www.ficcdat.ca/Conference/Default.aspx?ConfID=5&lang=en-US
  6. 6. FICCDAT Sponsorship opportunities not to be missed! Through the advancements of technology and research, more people will be able to continue to live in their own homes, participating in society, while receiving effective care. What does a FICCDAT sponsor get? Opportunity to participate in a multi-faceted event bringing delegates from around the world together under one roof! Experience international brand exposure. Opportunity to interact with opinion leaders from around the world. Understand the aging and disability markets and learn from consumers. Exhibit with world-class corporations and leaders in the fields of disability, aging and technology. Sponsors of $10,000 and up will receive exhibition space. Prominent identification and recognition. To obtain a copy of the full sponsorship proposal, please contact info@ficcdat.ca Some FICCDAT 2007 photos...
  7. 7. Don't miss FICCDAT 2011!

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