On October 24, 2008, the University of Rhode Island hosted a Disability Summit, the purpose of which was to share the diverse and unique URI disability-related resources with state and community agencies and, more importantly explore future collaborations to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Dr. Susan Roush, Professor of Physical Therapy was Chair of the Planning Committee.
For the last several years a group of URI faculty and staff with diverse interests in the field of disability have been meeting to share and support each other’s work. This group includes individuals from Biomedical Engineering, Business, Center for Human Services, Communicative Disorders, Education, English, Gerontology, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Labor Relations Research Center, Nursing, Office of Disability Services, Physical Therapy, Psychology, and the Writing and Rhetoric Program. Many of these individuals are closely involved with disability-related state and community groups, and realized that they don’t know enough about each other. Hence, the idea was planted for a Disability Summit.
Over 70 individuals representing numerous state and community agencies enjoyed the day which included welcoming remarks by Provost Donald DeHayes, a particularly meaningful keynote address by Dr. Patricia Walsh, Director of the Center for Disability Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Exhibits, Informational Sessions, and Facilitated Roundtable Discussions.
The Physical Therapy Department at URI participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants for the 2014 entering class can apply online using the PTCAS Web application, beginning in July 2013. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit www.ptcas.org.
Interviews for the 2014 entering class will be held on January 3 and 4, 2014. Interviews are by invitation only.