Monday, April 22, 2024

Academy News: Meeting Deadline Is Approaching

Tom Gorski, CAE

The Academy has sent a special invitation via O&P World magazine to practitioners in South and Central America to attend its Annual Meeting, March 20-23. About two dozen attended last year’s meeting and we expect more in Orlando. Depending on the response, simultaneous translation services may be offered. Academy Executive Director Tom Gorski explained that about 35 Latin American practitioners would need to register in order to provide the translation services. He also indicated Becker Orthopedic and Ohio Willow Wood have committed to provide financial support for the equipment necessary. Experienced bilingual practitioners will simultaneously translate the sessions from English into Spanish.

DO YOU SPEAK A LITTLE SPANISH? If so, would you like to be one of the Academy Ambassadors in Orlando? The Academy Ambassadors will wear a green identifying ribbon attached to their name badge and would be available to answer questions from Spanish-speaking attendees about how the meeting works. Complete fluency in Spanish is not necessary. Typical questions might include: May I purchase items directly from the exhibitors…How do I get a ticket for the Friday night banquet…Where is the session on ____…Are the proceedings papers and notebook free (yes)…Where is the coffee break, etc? It is the Academy’s intent to make our Latin American colleagues feel welcome at the meeting. Interested individuals should contact Tom Gorski at [email protected] .

February 22 is the deadline for early-bird meeting registration, lower hotel room rates, and also the last day to take advantage of a series of special discounted tickets created exclusively for Academy attendees. Registering for the meeting by February 22 will save Academy members $50.

The room rates for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are about the same as the rates the Academy had at its last Orlando meeting in 1996. As with any hotel, availability is a matter of first-come, first-served.

Disney’s special discounted Park Hopper® tickets are best explained by viewing the information on the Academy website ( ). Park Hopper® tickets provide admission to multiple Disney parks, include complimentary visits to either Downtown Disney®, Pleasure Island, or Disney Quest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park. You’ll also receive Disney Delegate Deals (coupon book with $75 in savings) and use of Disney’s FASTPASS® — a free voucher with a designated attraction boarding time which usually limits waiting time to no more than 10 minutes. There is also a special discount for admission to theme parks after 2 pm.

Posted by:
Tom Gorski, CAE
Executive Director
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
(703) 836-0788
[email protected]


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