Countdown to Reeve Summit 2020

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on February 11, 2020 # Events, Reeve Summit

There are only a couple weeks left before the inaugural Reeve Summit 2020: Where Care, Cure and Community Connect. Did you register yet? The last chance to receive a 40% discount on your hotel stay at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC is tomorrow, February 12! And don’t forget, the first 300 registered attendees will receive a free Google Home Mini at check-in.

This premier event will bring together hundreds of community members, caregivers, health professionals, key thought leaders and individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on the lives of people with paralysis and related disabilities as we mark a new era in our mission to provide today’s care while discovering cures and innovative treatments in the here and now.

Here is a glimpse of a few sessions that will be featured at the Reeve Summit this year.

Gearing Up for the Reeve Summit 2020

My name is Sherman Gillums, and I live with a spinal cord injury. The message I want to convey [at the Summit] is how my family and I adapted to and overcame any and every problem we faced as one unit. Hopefully, when those who might be similarly situated see that and only need that glimmer of hope in the face of despair, it will give those families the fortitude to say, “If they did it, we can do it too.” Join my session on Thursday, February 27, “Building Resiliency Through Self Advocacy with Sherman Gillums.”

Previewing the Research Sessions at Reeve Summit 2020

On both days, there will be three candid and thought-provoking discussions on the state of research today, looking twenty-plus years into the future of SCI research and how the Reeve Foundation will approach a unified cure-focused research agenda.

Intimacy and Relationships with Cole Sydnor and Charisma Jamison

Our session at the Reeve Summit on Thursday, February 27, “Intimacy and Relationships with Cole Sydnor and Charisma Jamison,” will focus primarily on three topics: how to get back into the dating scene after sustaining a spinal cord injury, how to manage certain emotions like frustration, impatience, and exhaustion as the partner and possible caregiver of someone with a spinal cord injury, and how a couple can maintain an intimate life when caregiving plays a large part in their relationship.

Reeve Summit Features Nurse-Specialist Pointers on When to Call for Help

As a rehab nurse for 40 years, Linda M. Schultz, Ph.D., CRRN, has seen it all. On Thursday, February 27, in a special session at the upcoming Reeve Summit, “Critical Situations for People with Spinal Cord Injury,” she’ll share what she’s learned to help people living with paralysis make the right decisions about their health and well-being. Think of it as a private consult with a veteran nurse-specialist.

Reeve Summit Features Expert-Led Session on Managing Pain in Paralysis

Pharmacist and integrative health expert Jay Gupta will present, “Pain Management and Medication,” a session focused on gaining a better understanding of pain medications and how to use them safely and effectively on Friday, February 28.

Reeve Summit Panel Explores Travel Accessibility

“Tips and Tricks: How to Make Your Travel Less Stressful,” features celebrated wheelchair-travel blogger John Morris, who’s clocked over a million air miles; Dallas Thomas, an accessibility expert at Southwest Airlines, Supriya Raman, Ph.D., the Transportation Security Authority’s lead staffer on accessibility issues, and Ray Prentice, a compliance official at Alaska Airlines. Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., a disability researcher and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, will moderate. This session will be held on Friday, February 28.

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