The 29th International Seating Symposium

More than 1,400 rehabilitation professionals came to Nashville, Tenn., to attend the 29th International Seating Symposium hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology’s Continuing Education Program. Held this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, March 5-9, the ISS is a yearly educational conference for physical and occupational therapists and assistive technology providers in the seating and mobility field. For rehab professionals, ISS is considered the must-attend event of the year, and also functions as the unofficial annual meeting for clinicians, suppliers, and manufacturers of seating and mobility equipment, many of whom have known each other for years through working in the industry.

This year’s ISS featured over 100 educational sessions and workshops for attendees, covering all aspects of mobility-related disability from choosing the proper wheelchair and seating system to prevention, care and management of pressure ulcers, and aging with a disability. The goal of the sessions is how to maximize the health, mobility and functionality of wheelchair users.

A major feature of every ISS is the exhibit hall, sort of like an Abilities Expo on steroids, where manufacturers showcase their newest products and technology in everything from manual and power chairs, cushions, and accessories to adaptive sports equipment. This year 112 exhibitors filled the 70,000-square-foot exhibit hall. Attendees got the opportunity to experience hands-on evaluation of the latest and greatest in adaptive equipment.