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SCI Health Fair: Full Agenda
Saturday, September 23rd

In addition to the great presentations described below, throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to get their vitals, learn their weight using an accessible scale, try adapted video game controls, experience seated yoga, and more.

8:30 – 9:15am               Arrival, snacks

9:15 – 10:00am             What’s New with the Rochester Spinal Association?

                                        Chris Hilderbrant, Executive Director

                                        The Rochester Spinal Association has changed a lot since the last SCI Health             

                                        Fair. Come hear what’s new, how it has grown, and how it may help you.

10:00 – 10:15am             Break

10:15 – 11:00am           Maybe I Should Talk to Someone - But Who? Finding the “Right” Therapist

                                        Renee Madathil, Ph.D., CBIST

                                        Okay, so you’ve heard enough times that maybe you should see a therapist, but the

                                        process seems mysterious and overwhelming. How do you choose a therapist? What

                                        is therapy supposed to be like? What kinds of questions should you be asking? In this

                                        talk, Dr. Renee will talk about why and how behind psychotherapy, and building your

                                        advocacy toolkit to ensure that you and your therapist are set up for success.

11:00 – 11:15am             Break

11:15 – Noon               Sexual Satisfaction After SCI

                                        Victoria Hartman, OT,

                                        Having a satisfying sex life takes a lot of practice and communication - for anyone.

                                        Having a satisfying sex life after a SCI takes even more practice and communication!

                                        But it is possible. This talk will address some of the most common safety and

                                        functional concerns, including arousal, bowel and bladder concerns, and positioning

                                        and tone. We’ll consider current research and look at available equipment for

                                        adaptations, modifications, supports and more.

                                        This presentation is intended to provide support for anyone living with SCI and

                                        welcomes people of all ages, abilities, gender identities or expressions, sexual

                                        orientations, races, religious beliefs or creeds.

Noon – 12:30pm          Lunch break and vendor visits

12:30 – 1:15pm            Advancing Quality of Life After Spinal Cord Injury

                                        Dr. Raj Chaggar

                                        This discussion reviews emerging technologies and research focused on improving

                                        quality of life after spinal cord injury, including mobility, bowel, bladder, spasticity,

                                        pain, arm/hand function, and more. 

1:15 – 1:30pm                Break

1:30 – 2:15pm              Spinal Cord Injury: What Can Go Wrong?

                                        Dr. Jordan Adler

                                        In this discussion, we will focus on critically important SCI related health issues that

                                        everyone should be aware of. It might just save your life.

2:15 – 2:30pm                Break

2:30 – 3:00pm             SCI Management from Those That Have Lived It


                                       Join us for a discussion of best practices in the real world, featuring people with a     

                                       variety of injuries and levels of function and decades of lived experience. If you have a

                                       question or a great tip to offer of your own, this is a great chance.

3:00pm                        Closing

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