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Healthcare, Home Industry Professionals Invited to Universal Design Workshop April 2

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Occupational Therapy and Community Health invites healthcare professionals, home designers and builders, and interior decorators to a workshop “Environmental Interventions and Beyond to Universal Design,” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 2 in the Whitaker Hall Sprint Room.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to

ˇ     discuss the legislation that led up to the Americans with Disabilities Act and how each progressive law, amendment or act was impacted by the preceding legal decision.

ˇ     define universal design.

ˇ     differentiate between assistive technology and universal design.

ˇ     describe visitability and why it is important for someone with a mobility disability.

ˇ     describe at least eight modifications for age-related physical changes.

ˇ     describe at least ten modifications for age-related sensory changes.

ˇ     discuss at least five types of interventions for people with cognitive impairments.

ˇ     describe how and why home environmental checklists might be used.

ˇ     describe at least five benefits of living in a universally designed home.

ˇ     define a reverse mortgage and describe for whom this type of financing might be beneficial.

Workshop presenter is Margaret A. Christenson, a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and previous Minnesota Occupational Therapist of the Year.

In addition to consulting, Christenson has written two books and numerous articles on universal design, assistive technology and adaptations of the living environment. She is also founder and president of Lifease, Inc., a home assessment software development company.

Christenson received her baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy and her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

The workshop has been approved for seven contact hours for Occupational Therapy personnel by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice (Continuing Education Provider No.2).

Registration is $95 per professional, $45 for 2003-04 FGCU Occupational Therapy Level II Supervisors, and $20 for FGCU Occupational Therapy alumni. Registration fee includes handouts. Lunch is not included but will be available at the FGCU Eagle Café.

For registration information, contact Wanda Smith at (239) 590-7550 or . The last day to register is Monday, March 22.

For more information, contact department chair and assistant professor Tina Gelpi at (239) 590-7551 or .

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