Conference on Medical Aspects of Disability

April 5-7, 2016

Location: CHDD 150

Kurt L. Johnson, Ph.D., Course Chair

Conference Goal

To provide rehabilitation counselors and other rehabilitation professionals with a comprehensive overview of medical issues in rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate a command of the knowledge base related to the medical aspects of a variety of disabling conditions;
  2. To demonstrate an understanding of the functional limitations approach rehabilitation assessment;
  3. To demonstrate the application of information about functional limitations to return-to-work and community-re-entry rehabilitation plans.


Conference meetings will be held at the University of Washington campus, Center on Human Development and Disability Experimental Education Unit building, Room CD 150. For directions and transportation, follow this link


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and introductions
9:30 – 10:45 Overview of body systems: Tom McNalley, M.D.
10:45 – 11:00 break
11:00 – 12:30 Aging with a disability: Ivan Molton, Ph.D.
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 Speech and Language disorders: Steve Burns, Ph.D.
2:45 – 3:00 break
3:00 – 4:15 Chronic pain: Dawn Ehde, Ph.D.
4:15 – 4:30 Conclusions

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Back
9:15 – 10:45 Amputations, prosthetics, and orthotics: Ramona Okamura, C.P., L.P.
10:45 – 11:00 break
11:00 – 12:15 Multiple sclerosis: Gloria Hou, M.D.
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 4:30 Brain injury: neuropsychological and behavioral consequences: Myron Goldberg, Ph.D.

Thursday August 7, 2016

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome back
9:15 – 10:45 Diabetes: Dace Trence, MD
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 Autism: Abbey Lawrence, M.Ed. and Kurt Johnson, Ph.D.
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Spinal Cord Injury: Maria Reyes, MD
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:45 Audition and auditory rehabilitation: Lisa Illich, M.S.

Course Chair

Kurt L. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Division of Rehabilitation Counseling, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Course Faculty

Faculty from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington will present.

Credit Options

Please indicate your intention to pursue any of the following kinds of credit when you register for the conference.

University of Washington Credit:

Participants who want academic credit in addition to continuing education credits may enroll as non-matriculated students in the U.W. Course, Rehab496 for an extra fee. This involves completion of assignments and the award of three credits.

Go here for more information about Rehab 496: Medical Aspects of Disabilities.

Continuing Education Credit: 

20 hours of CRC credit will be available.

Accommodation Info

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact Disability Resources for Students at least ten days in advance at:

206-543-8924 (Voice & Relay)
206-616-8379 (Fax)

*Please make request for accommodation no later than Wednesday, March 30, 2016. We can not guarantee your request will be filled if sent after this date.*