ABI Conference draws enthusiastic audience
We are so grateful to all of our delegates, sponsors, presenters and planning committee for helping make the 2014 ABI Conference, held in November, another successful event for the Toronto ABI Network! Once again, this year’s conference attracted over 400 delegates and sold out all available sponsorship spots in the spacious and environmentally conscious Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
Each time we plan for the Toronto ABI Network’s bi-annual conference, the Planning Committee (chaired this year by Colleen Boyce, Executive Director of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (NRIO)) strives to construct a rich and balanced program – and this year was no exception.
Our roster of speakers taught us about the importance of a lifelong enriched environment and stimulating activities, the restorative effects of nature to improve cognitive function, to be increasingly aware of our ‘Righting Reflex’ when using Motivational Interviewing techniques, and how to apply mindfulness in our daily lives, for our clients and for ourselves. We also walked away with new ‘tricks’ that can be readily applied in practice, such as how to improve upper extremity function in the paretic arm with affordable tools and a little creativity and how to implement the training process for improved call bell use in an acute care setting.
The resounding positive feedback we have received on the conference thus far will help inform our planning for the next conference. We hope those of you who attended enjoyed the two days and took advantage of the many opportunities to connect with and learn from others in the ABI community. See you all in 2016!