British Columbia Citation Award
regarding National Occupational Therapy Month
National Occupational Therapy
Access occupational therapy to build the skills for the job of living
VANCOUVER, November 4, 2006 - Organizing the largest rehabilitation
equipment conference in western Canada for people with disabilities,
their families, and health care professionals is just one of the
reasons Ian Denison is being honoured with a Citation Award from
the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the British
Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists.
Citation Awards are bestowed to recognize the significant accomplishments
of an agency, program and/or individual within each province/territory
that has contributed to rehabilitation, community health, self-help
groups, provincial, territorial or municipal government initiatives
in health care or other related programs. Citation Award winners
will have demonstrated support of occupational therapy philosophy
and their nomination will have been endorsed by their provincial/territorial
Occupational therapy is an essential service in the continuum of
health care in Canada. It enables people to lead productive, independent
and satisfying lives by assisting them in activities of self-care,
paid/unpaid work and leisure. Occupational therapists work with
people of all ages to promote health, prevent disability and develop
or maintain abilities.
Ian Denison is an expert on evaluating rehabilitation equipment,
such as wheelchairs and scooters. He consults with clients, clinicians
and manufacturers on product strengths and limitations in the area
of mobility and other home health equipment. Ian has written many
manuals, including Wheelchair Selection, Power Wheelchairs: A
new definition and Power Wheelchairs: The next Generation.
He has also advocated with third-party payors to minimize barriers
to purchasing equipment and he has been a mediator with home medical
equipment dealers for issues resolution.
As organizer of the Rehab Equipment Expo for over the past 12 years,
Ian has enabled over 300 clients, their families, occupational therapists
and other health care professionals the opportunity to receive information,
talk with suppliers and see the latest in rehabilitation equipment.
Since 1992, Ian has authored 21 articles/research publications
related to wheelchair mobility and is one of the most sought-after
speakers in North America. He has presented over 35 papers, posters
and workshops at events, including the International Seating Symposium
and the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.
CAOT Citation Awards are presented to recipients typically in and
around October, which is National Occupational Therapy Month. This
year's theme "Yes I Can!" communicates that all people
can and should participate in their desired activities, regardless
of age or abilities.
The Citation Award will be presented by the British Columbia Society
of Occupational Therapists to Ian Denison on November 4th, 2006
at the Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre, 7551 Westminster
Highway, during the Annual General Meeting/Awards Luncheon.
For more information on occupational therapy, visit www.caot.ca.
To find an occupational therapist in your community, visit www.otworks.ca
and click on OT Finder.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Tel.: 1 800-523-2268, ext. 225, 613 523-2268, ext. 225
Fax: 613 523-2552
British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists
Tel: (604) 736-5645
Fax: (604) 736-5606
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