The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana / United Spinal Association of Louisiana is proud to present our 15th annual conference... TOGETHER IN HARMONY & HOPE.  This two day conference brings healthcare professionals from around the state together to hear fantastic presentations from speakers around Louisiana and the country. Expand your knowledge, while earning CEUs, and network with vendors and likeminded professionals in your industry. 12 CEUs have been applied for PT, OT, SLP, CCMC, SW, CRCC and LPC. Other attendees will receive a CEU certificate to submit themselves. Individuals with brain and/or spinal cord injuries and caregivers also attend the event to hear the medical presentations and/or attend Survivor Day which will be on Saturday, March 23rd. Survivor Day will offer specific presentations for individuals living with brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Our exhibit hall will be filled with companies and organizations sharing the latest products and services for people with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and mobility impairments. We will also offer a complementary Networking Social at the close of the conference in the exhibit hall on Friday, March 22nd.

* 12 CEUs have been approved for CRCC, PT, OT, SW and LPC. 
** 8 CEUs have been approved for SLP through LBESPA.
Others pending approval.
Doubletree Hilton New Orleans Airport
2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062
Date & Time
March 22, 2024: 7:30 AM - 4:40 pm
March 23, 2024 : 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Hotel Accommodations at the Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport
To reserve a room, visit:
or Call (504) 467-3111 (and use code "BRA")

Complimentary Hot Breakfast for Two & Complimentary Parking

Conference Rate: $145.00 plus tax/night

Hotel will sell out so book early. Accessible rooms available until sold out.

Rate Cutoff: 2/20/24
Schedule for Friday, March 22
7:30 - 8:00 am
Registration / Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 - 8:15 am
Welcome / Brief Comments
8:15 - 9:15 am
Concurrent Sessions:

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Clarifying Outcomes
Presenter: Michael D. Chafetz, PhD, ABPP

Promoting Successful Transition to Rehab After Spinal Cord Injury
Presenter: Tara Grimes, MOT, OTR/L, CCM
9:15 - 10:15 am
Concurrent Sessions:

Behavior Planning for TBI Professional
Presenter: Tom Brown, BS, CBIS

Client Centered Prescriptions: We Say It But Are We Doing It?
Presenter: Alli Speight, MScOT, ATP
10:15 - 10:45 am
Break / Exhibit Hall Open
10:45 - 12:00 Pm
Concurrent Sessions:

Cognition Across Disciplines
Presenter: Dana McKinney, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST

Making Power Wheelchairs Smarter: The Continuum of SMART Technology for Wheelchair Users
Presenter: Lindsey L. Sharpe, PT, DPT, ATP
12:00 - 1:00 Pm
Lunch / Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 - 1:15Pm
Unmasking Brain Injury
A Special Performance by Tulane's Department of Theatre &
Dance Documentary Theatre Class
1:15 - 3:00 Pm
Navigating Recovery Across the Continuum of Care Through an Interdisciplinary Holistic Approach
Presenters: Howard T. Katz, MD, Mari Kantrow, PT, DPT, NCS, Sarah Sanders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS and Panel
3:00 - 3:15 Pm
Break / Exhibit Hall Open
3:15 - 4:30 Pm
Concurrent Sessions:

Central Vestibular Disorders, Evaluation and Treatment Recommendations
Presenter: Richard O'Quinn, PT and Courtney Boyle, PT, DPT, NCS

Virtual Reality and Physical Rehabilitation
Presenter:  Jonathan Reeves, PT, DPT

4:30 Pm
Door Prizes Announced / 
Networking Social in Exhibit Hall
Schedule for Saturday, March 23
7:30 - 8:00 AM

Registration / Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 - 8:10 AM

Welcome / Brief Comments
8:10 - 9:00 AM

Building Self-Advocates / Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Hurt
Presenter: Vincenzo Piscopo, President and CEO United Spinal Association
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Person Centered Planning / Interacting With Patients Access
Presenter: Tom Brown, BS, CBIS
10:00 - 10:15 AM

Break / Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 - 11:15 AM

Access Issues for CRT via Case Studies
Presenter: Joy Nix, ATP, CIFT, MS
11:15 - 12:15 PM

The Management of Spasticity and Promotion of Neuroplasticity in Patients with Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Presenter: Margaret Stuart, PT, DPT, NCS
12:15 - 1:00 PM

Lunch / Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 - 2:45 PM

Knowledge is Power with Education and Resources
Presenters: Karen Roy, LCSW, Kimberly Hill, MS, CTRS, CCT (Executive Director of BIALA), Elizabeth Maillian, (District Supervisor Louisiana Rehabilitation Services / Office of Workforce Development), Tonia Gedward, MBA (LDH Office of Aging and Adult Services Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Program Manager), Mary Castillion, LOTR (LDH OCDD Resource Center for regions 1, 3, 10), Dawn Houston, CCC-SLP (LDH OCDD Resource Center for regions 2 & 9), Vincenzo Piscopo, President/CEO (United Spinal Association) April Bell, MS, CRC, LPC, NCC, ATP, CAPS III (Sr. Director, Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Services with LATAN) and Morgan Norris, MOT, OTR/L, CAPS III, Director, Therapeutic & Outreach Services with LATAN)
2:45 - 3:00 PM

3:00 - 4:15 PM
Resilience: Assessing, Building, and Leading to Promote Your Best Self
Presenter: Heather Barber, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Survivor Schedule for
Saturday, March 23
8:45 - 9:15 AM

Registration / Welcome
9:15 - 10:00 AM

Cognitive Strategies for Daily Use
Presenters: Heather Barber, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS and Alicia Cantrell, MCD, CCC-SLP, CBIS
10:00 - 10:15 AM

Break / Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 - 11:15 AM

Neurologic Music Therapy and Applications with Individuals Living with Brain and Spinal Injuries
Presenter: Catherine Comardelle, MT-BC, NMT
11:15 - 12:15 PM

From Surviving to Thriving: Setting Up a Support System for Success
Presenter: Dr. Tamara White, DNP, MBA, LNFA, RN
12:15 - 1:00 PM

Lunch / Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Exploring Recreational Therapy: Finding Your Passion
Presenters: Lorena Pete, MS, CTRS and Cheryl Gayten, MS, CTRS

*Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend the Resources Available session in the Jefferson room and join the second half of this session.
2:30 - 2:45 PM

2:45 - 3:15 PM
Join Us March 22 - 23, 2024

Brain Injury Association of Louisiana / United Spinal Association of Louisiana's
15th Annual Conference:
Together in Harmony & Hope

 Join us on March 22rd & 23rd
We look forward to hosting you!
Please call 504-343-4592 or
send email to: [email protected]

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