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Conferences and Symposia
Awards Ceremony at AOTA's 92nd Annual Conference, Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation was at the forefront of research presentations at the American Occupational Therapy Association's Pre-Conference Institute: Driving Across the Life Span: Evidence and Practice Steering the way. Dr. Sherrilene Classen presented on the "Fitness to Drive Screening Measure" as a tool therapists can use in the clinic to identify potential impairments of driving performance. Dr. Classen, together with Miriam Monaham also presented pilot data on the simulated driving performance in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) compared to healthy controls. A key highlight of their presentation was that children with ASD and ADHD should be assessed using different off-road screening measures (e.g., VMI) which were predictive of impaired driving performance. Desiree Lanford presented a research update on drivers with Parkinson's disease, providing research findings of clinical tests therapists can use in the clinic. Lastly, Dr. Sandra Winter showcased the Florida's Senior Safety Resource Center as a template for other US States to develop as a method of providing information on alternative transportation services to therapist's clients.
We would also like to congratulate Dr. Sherrilene Classen, who has been elected into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's Academy of Research. This distinction represents the highest honor in the field of occupational therapy and certifies Dr. Classen as a leader in the field. This award is based on merit and outstanding contributions to the advancements of evidence-based practice in occupational therapy. Dr. Classen was honored at the 92nd Annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Congressman Mica Visit, Monday, March 7, 2011
Back row, from left:
William Mann, PhD
Congressman John Mica (R-FL) met with CMS students, staff and faculty to learn about the center's mission, research projects and activities. Congressman Mica is the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Washington, D.C. In Florida, he represents the 7th Congressional District.
Transportation Seminar, Monday, January 31, 2011
Michelle Porter, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology & Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba, Canada, was the guest speaker for a Transportation Seminar on Monday, January 31, 2011 co-sponsored by the College of Engineering's Center for Multi-Modal Studies in Congestion Mitigation and the College of Public Health & Health Professions' Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation. Dr. Porter spoke on the "Can-Drive Project", specifically the challenges of using monitoring devices to detect the driving patterns of older drivers.