As part of its official representation of O&P in community and
philanthropic circles, OPAF will be attending “Physical Disabilities
Through the Lifespan,” an upcoming conference at the National Institutes
of Health (NIH).
The conference will be held next week, July 21-22, 2003 at the Natcher
Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD. Complete information about the
event, including registration information, can be found at:
http://physicaldisabilities.iqsolutions.com. Registration is free, and a
general description with some additional details are below.
The hosting organizations include:
– Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
– American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
– American Physical Therapy Association
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
– Interagency Committee on Disability Research, U.S. Department of
– National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development
– National Eye Institute
– National Institute on Aging
– National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
– National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
– National Institute of Nursing Research
– Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services
– Office of Rare Diseases, National Institutes of Health
– Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, U.S. Department of
– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
OPAF offers this announcement as a public service to the O&P community.
For information about OPAF’s own programs, please visit the OPAF web
site www.opfund.org or contact us directly at (202) 223-2878;
If you are planning a trip to DC this summer or anytime in the future,
please let us know. We warmly welcome your visit to our offices learn
more about OPAF.
Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc. (OPAF)
1666 K Street NW, Suite 440
Washington, DC 20006
Email [email protected]
Support OPAF through our web site
“Physical Disabilities Through the Lifespan”
In developed nations, improvements in health care have resulted in an
unprecedented increase in the numbers of older individuals- and
individuals with disabilities- who are living longer, more active lives.
This conference will focus on the special problems faced by individuals
with physical disabilities across the lifespan as they seek more
productive roles in society. The goal of the conference will be to set
a research agenda to:
* Identify gaps in scientific knowledge about the special problems
of aging for individuals with disabilities, and
* Inform public policy on issues related to aging and disability.
Plenary sessions are designed to provide a common frame of reference for
all participants on broad issues such as demography of disability, the
biological processes of aging that affect all individuals, and consumer
participation in research and policy.
Breakout sessions are constructed to address crosscutting issues that
affect many disability groups, as well as issues specific to individual
disability areas. The charge to each breakout session is to determine
the questions that need to be answered to advance science and to inform
We hope to attract a diverse group of participants to include
researchers, policy makers, advocates, and individuals with
disabilities. We also encourage students to attend.
Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or
reasonable accommodation to participate in this conference should
contact Ms. Hope Levy Kott at 301 984-1471 ([email protected])
and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at
least 5 days in advance of the event.