IARP New York 2016 Spring Conference

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Embassy Suites, 86 Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

P: (518) 886-1101

Educational Conference: Thursday, April 14, 2016




7:30 AM

Registration/Continental Breakfast


8:00 AM

Welcome/Introductions/Housekeeping: Introduction of new Chapter President, Rachel Duchon.


8:15 AM

Diversity Issues and The Rehabilitation Professional. Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson, M.ED., Ph.D., a counselor educator, will address the need for a deepened multicultural foundation and grounding that practitioners need for effective client-centered and culturally competent interventions.


9:45 AM



10:00 AM

Providing Effective Expert Services & Testimony in Litigation, Social Security, and Worker’s Compensation Cases. John Liguori, Esq. of Towne, Ryan, and Partners; and Alex Dell, Esq., of The Law Firm of Alex Dell.  Mr. Liguori and Mr. Dell will provide an attorney’s perspective of how experts are best utilized and most effective, as well as their insight into testimony do’s and don’ts.


11:00 AM

Reading & Interpreting FCE’s for use in Return to Work and Vocational Planning. Brenda Breens, OTR/L, CEAS, CLT, ALT, CEA, from Sunnyview Rehab Hospital will provide an overview of the purpose, approach, and goals of FCE’s, including the issue of effort levels and pain behaviors. 


12:00 PM



12:30 PM

Vendor Presentations


12:45 PM

Current Research, Decisions, and Updated Information for SSA-VE’s and Rehabilitation Professionals. Rachel Duchon, MS, CRC, and Michele Erbacher, MS, CRC.  Ms. Duchon and Ms. Erbacher will provide an update on Social Security government relations and the current issues surrounding the BPA extension.  Also, they will discuss challenging hypotheticals and research to support expert testimony.


2:00 PM

Industrial Hygiene: Making Workplaces Safe John Van Raalte, MS, CIH

Industrial Hygienist, Occupational and Environmental Health Center of Eastern NY.  Mr. Van Raalte will discuss Health and Safety hazards at work and how they can impact the occupational safety for the disabled population as they return to work. He will also discuss how to find information about common occupational hazards, basic workplace ergonomics, risks for working populations, indoor environmental quality issues, and prevention of problems.


3:00 PM

Break and Vendor Raffles


3:15 PM

Making Connections Through Advocacy. Shameka Andrews, AASMs. Andrews is the Wellness Coordinator at Independent Living Center in Troy, NY, and runs the New York Chapter of Ms. Wheelchair America, an advocacy and empowerment program for women who use wheelchairs. She is a person born with Spina Bifida. She will discuss her experiences in advocating for herself and how she helps others with the same.



3:45 PM

Shoulder Injuries, Treatment, Prognosis and Prevention.Michael A. Flaherty, M.D.  Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon.  His specialty is Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Orthopaedic Trauma.  Dr. Flahery will present an overview of shoulder injuries and ailments including causes, various treatment options and protocol, typical prognosis for various injuries/ailments and ways to prevent injuries on the job, in daily activities, and in recreational activities.


4:45 PM

CEU approvals/wrap-up followed by Board of Directors meeting.


7.5 CEU’s requested for CRC, CDMS and CCM (1.5 of which are ethics)