Autism, Safe Senior Driving & Home Healthcare Among Occupational Therapy Topics on Tap for Long Beach

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AOTA to Hold 88th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach, CA

CarFit Training to be Held for Local Media

As the demand for occupational therapy services continues to rise, practitioners find themselves on the forefront of providing innovative healthcare solutions. Occupational therapy practitioners help people of all ages with problems ranging from autism to low vision to stroke recovery. Many of these topics are being explored at the 2008 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference and Expo!

More than 3,500 occupational therapy practitioners, educators and students will descend upon Long Beach, CA, April 10-13, 2008 to attend the AOTA Conference and Expo. Journalists can attend workshops and lectures on research and practice in:

-- Productive Aging

-- Developmental Disabilities

-- Driver Rehabilitation & Community Mobility

-- Ergonomics

-- Home Modifications

-- Low Vision

-- Stroke Recovery

-- Autism

-- Special education

-- Technology

In addition, AOTA will be partnering with the Southern California AAA auto club and the AARP to train therapists in the nationally recognized "CarFit" program. CarFit helps senior drivers learn about how the effects of aging change the way they fit in their vehicle and how their driving can be affected. During the training sessions, some occupational therapists will play the role of senior drivers while others learn how to "fit" a car to a senior. After the training, occupational therapists will be able to participate in CarFit programs around the country. CarFit is a free program for seniors 65 and older provided in local communities.

Media are welcome to attend the training at the Long Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, April 9 at 1:30pm. Please call Rob Black at (301) 641-4815 for more details.

There are many topics that demonstrate how occupational therapy is improving the lives of clients every day. For a full listing or presentations, please point your web browser to:

In addition, the AOTA Media Relations Office can arrange for interviews with Conference speakers and AOTA officers. Please call Rob Black in the Conference Press Office at (301) 641-4815 to arrange interviews.

About the American Occupational Therapy Association

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the nationally recognized professional association of approximately 38,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of occupational therapy. AOTA advances the quality, availability, use and support of occupational therapy through advocacy, education and research on behalf of its members and the public. For more information, visit us on the Web at

CONTACT: Rob Black of American Occupational Therapy Association, +1-301-641-4815 (cell),

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- April 3, 2008/

SOURCE American Occupational Therapy Association

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