The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), , will sponsor the first [removed]telerehabilitation conference[/removed] to be held in Washington, DC, on April 1.

The one-day policy conference aims to educate and generate advocacy for and disseminate knowledge about issues in telerehabilitation.

"Telerehabilitation is a vital resource to people in our community who may not be able to access traditional rehabilitation programs and services," said Helena Berger, AAPD’s Acting president and CEO. "We’re delighted to collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation to showcase their research work and start the policy discussions that will enhance independent living and community integration for people with disabilities."

Keynote speakers include Lynnae Ruttledge, Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, and Jonathan Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association. Distinguished private and public sector panelists will discuss applications in employment, health, and wellness, innovations for community living, and comparative effectiveness research.

"The health care ecosystem is changing as a result of new technologies," said Jenifer Simpson, senior director for government affairs at AAPD. "It’s important our community learns how rehabilitation services can be delivered using high-speed wireless, broadband, and other new technologies."

The AAPD, a cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful force for political, economic, and social change.

[Source: American Association of People With Disabilities]