June 26, 2001—Now in its second year, the World Congress and Exposition on Disabilities (WCD; website: www.wcdexpo.com), will take place September 28–30 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. The National MS Society will have a dual presence there as sponsor and exhibitor.
This international event and trade show, organized by H.A. Bruno, LLC, was a huge success the first time around with over 5,500 attendees. The upcoming event is sure to be a valuable opportunity to communicate the Society's mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
The conference portion of the show, comprised of over 100 seminars, is produced by the EP Foundation for Education, Inc., a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization.
Some programs of interest to those impacted by MS include: Accessibility Today, Accessibility Tomorrow; Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication; Wheelchair Tai Chi; Motor Development and the Brain; We’re People First; Providing Ideal Treatments for Everybody; and Personal Perspectives on Disabilities.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine the latest products and services from more than 250 exhibitors representing pharmaceutical, computer, automotive, mobility, personal care, insurance, nutrition, and travel industries. Several successful features will be repeated from last year: a career fair; activity centers, including one for sports and recreation (sponsored by U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund and McDonald’s Corp.); and an assistive technology learning center for high-tech devices.
“During the intensive three-day meeting, opinion leaders in medicine, science, education, research, technology, and product development will share important information and ideas on current issues impacting people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers, “ reports Arney Rosenblat, Public Affairs Director, National MS Society. "The Society is pleased to be part of the exchange."
For more information on WCD, visit their website (www.wcdexpo.com) or call 877-WCD-EXPO. Those with disabilities and their families, health care professionals, and students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. All those who register between July 2nd and September 13th are eligible for a discount. Registration can be done on-line.