Impairment Without Disability is a collaborative organization dedicated to the health, function, and well-being (ability) of all individuals who have, or who have experienced, potentially disabling impairments. Its unique scope is to bring together thought leaders and industrial and academic experts to help promote individual wellness and function through and after having suffered impairing injury or illness.
Impairment Without Disability’s philosophy stems from years of dedicated nationwide research, education, and effort focused on eliminating unnecessary disability for injured workers and avoiding needless wasteful loss of human productivity to society. To promulgate this message, the humble roots of Impairment Without Disability’s educational conference first took seed in the cold, northern city of Duluth, Minnesota in the spring of 2006.
The goal of the conference is straightforward: design and create a venue and foster an educational environment in which all stakeholders in the disability process can come together to learn and share their common knowledge, experiences and goals, and work together to improve and eliminate unnecessary disability.
Rotating venues annually between the Minnesota cities of Duluth, Minneapolis/St.Paul and Rochester, each annual conference has featured a distinguished and internationally recognized faculty presenting on a diverse array of topics. In addition to these experts, each conference has showcased a keynote speaker whose personal experience living with and overcoming disability serves as a compelling and inspiring reminder of the outcome possible when all stakeholders work toward best practices in managing impairment.
This years’ conference will have special emphasis on education and discussion regarding the opiate crisis on our medical practices, places of employment, and our communities. Opiate medications are known to be associated with poor outcome from injury, addiction, and death. There may be no more pressing crisis that needs to be addressed to improve disability outcomes for any given disorder.
IWD 2014 has included speakers from the NE MN Opioid Abuse Response Strategies Task Force (OARS)
, a community action group focused on increasing knowledge and collaboration between law enforcement, rehabilitation programs, community organizations, government organizations, and medical practice. It is almost certain that the opiate epidemic affects your patient and or employee abilities, and IWD 2014 is taking the lead in bringing together multiple stake holders to discuss and address the problem. This is a conference you won’t want to miss!
We hope you will join us this year in Duluth, Minnesota for our 7th annual conference October 2 and 3, 2014.
Come to learn from each other and our speakers!
We look forward to giving you a warm welcome!