Convention time approaches
rsasby at msn.com
Thu Feb 24 10:56:51 PST 2000
Anita is correct, there is still plenty to do for those not using
prosthetics and each year they try to expand more of that. I was also going
to suggest the self defense class. Probably the best class I have gone to
there. They have classes on pain management, adaptive clothing which
included a great deal of suggestions for those in chairs. They had a
session on diabetes which could be for anyone, chair or not, and the famous
George Velazquez who will get you out and dancing whether in a chair or not!
LOL! They normally have many videos and books on information at the
exhibitor's display area, and in fact last year in Reno I gained quite a
deal of information as well as getting copies of the Government books which
outline all ADA laws and standards for employers, businesses, etc. These
normally cost quite a deal and they gave them out for free, I also obtained
a book from ABC which listed all the certified CPs and facilities in the
US, when in Chicago. There were even a few small contests last year where
people won some prizes.
There are always social groups from various lists and groups who sit and
chat, catch up on past years and they often initiate their own gatherings
around the events at the convention. Some come a day before hand or stay a
day later even to take advantage of local attractions, and Orlando should
have more than enough of those for all. It really is a place where everyone
can connect not just with one or two people in some way, but groups of them.
Most of it is great fun and social for those who've attended before or who
have been an amputee keeping up to date on things. The education aspects of
the sessions are more aimed at those who are new amputees, and these are
great for new amputees, or those who've perhaps been around a while and not
familiar with all the latest advances. For them, being able to watch other
amputees ambulate and participate in activities is a great source of
enthusiasm and hope. "Seeing is believing" sort of thing.
Like I said, I can't think of anyone who's ever said they disliked the
whole event. Sure a few small bits and pieces that didn't suit their
particular cause or interest, but that's to be expected. Rumor has it this
year's theme night (they always do a theme sort of reception at least one
night), is going to be pirates. :o) All the guys can shine up their peglegs
and you can drag the old wench's costume outta the closet maybe? This
reminds me also, the first convention I attended in Chicago I didn't think
i'd want a camera for a convention. I was killing myself for not bringing
one when everyone got to having fun and being silly. Definitely bring a
camera if you're planning on going and having any fun at all.
> You met george?!?!? GAsp! I was told that he is just an "urban legend"
> mean he is REAL? <G>
> as for the self defense.. tell me more! I have this vision of ya'll
> off your limbs and slugging would-be muggers with 'em...
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