WMU News

Occupational therapy expert speaks at WMU

March 12, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A leader in the field of occupational therapy and authority on disability discrimination will speak Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, on the Western Michigan University campus. The presentations are not open to the public and are by invitation only.

Dr. Barbara Kornblau is president of the American Occupational Therapy Association and professor of occupational therapy and public health at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In her private practice, she provides legal and occupational therapy consulting services to employers, attorneys and others to encourage compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A practicing attorney, she specializes in disability discrimination litigation. She has published numerous books, chapters and articles on rehabilitation, legal and ethical issues. Among topics she will discus are the impact that managed care and the Balanced Budget Act have had on occupational therapy and how therapists must creatively adapt their practice and actively seek entrepreneurial opportunities.

Kornblau's Thursday presentation is titled "Thinking Outside the Box: Tools to Expand Your Practice" and begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Media Center of the WMU Unified Clinics, 1000 Oakland Drive. A reception before her address is set for 5:30 p.m. Her presentation on Friday is titled "Legal and Ethical Issues in Fieldwork" and begins at 9 a.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

For more information contact Shannon Penny, Department of Occupational Therapy, at (269) 387-7265.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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