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2021 Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network Conference

09/13/2021 - 2:00pm

KARRN is a collaborative team including individuals impacted by neurological impairments (e.g. spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc.) who live in rural communities, providers who serve them, members of communities (state and local) in which they live, educators, and researchers who investigate these impairments who identify, develop and disseminate information and strategies to improve outcomes and quality of life.

SEPTEMBER 13TH | 2:00-5:30 PM
Telehealth and Rehabilitation
The first conference block will examine different aspects of telehealth and its use in rehabilitation. We will discuss the key ingredient needed for conducing effective telehealth. We will discuss the current state legislation as well as the current national discussion about telehealth and rehabilitation and how each of us can advocate for telehealth at the state and national level. A panel of community stakeholders will help bring this topic into the real world.

Joneen Lowman PhD, CCC-SLP | University of Kentucky Communication Sciences and Disorder program
Dr. Lowman directs UK’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Telehealth program and is a nationally recognized expert in this area. Dr. Lowman will present on what telehealth encompasses as well as the key ingredients for conducting it well.

Ramona Carper PT, DPT |  University of Kentucky Physical Therapy program
Dr. Carper has served in multiple roles in the APTA Kentucky Chapter including service on the Legislative committee. She will discuss the legislative issues in Kentucky surrounding the use of telehealth in rehabilitation.

Andy Bopp
Andy is the Senior Legislative Representative at the American Physical Therapy Association and is involved in the telehealth Lobby in Washington DC. Mr. Bopp will discuss the current state of Telehealth legislation at the national level and will also discuss how each of us can advocate for this service.

SEPTEMBER 20TH | 2:00-5:30 PM
Impact of stereotypes and biases about disability on healthcare and community accessibility
The second block of presentations will address ableism and stereotypes about disability that impact community participation and healthcare. We will also discuss how to make information accessible to all through the use of Universal Design in Learning. A panel of community stakeholders will help bring this topic into the real world.

Cara Whalen Smith PT, DPT, MPH, CHES | Ohio Colleges of Medicine, Government Resource Center
Dr. Whalen Smith serves as a Principal Investigator and Project Manager for disability and workforce development projects at GRC. Cara has served in national leadership positions with the American Physical Therapy Association to address social responsibility and health equity issues for people with disabilities.

Melinda Jones Ault, PhD | University of Kentucky, Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky

Dr. Ault has worked with learners with disabilities for over 30 years. She has presented and published on ways to use technology to actively include all learners in instruction in classroom settings.

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