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Speaker – Karen Roy

Kimberly Hill - Sunday, March 03, 2019

Please join us March 29-30, 2019 at our 12th Annual Conference … “EXPANDING POSSIBILITIES.” On Friday and Saturday, professionals will have the opportunity to hear from an exciting line up of experts in the field of brain and spinal cord injury, neurology, and rehabilitation while earning up to 12 CEUs. On “Survivor Saturday,” survivors will participate in hands on workshops, socialize with others and hear motivational and helpful presentations. Registration information, along with the schedule of events and location can be found at www.biala.org or info@biala.org.

Karen Roy, LCSW will be presenting to professionals on Friday, March 29th at 10:45am on “Aging With a Disability” along with Howard T. Katz, M.D. 

  

Karen Roy, LCSW and reigning Ms. Wheelchair America, is passionate about her platform, “Stand for Life”. Karen sustaining a T10 complete spinal cord injury in 1987, as the result for a gunshot wound to the back. She was the victim of an armed Robbery in a parking lot her during her sophomore year at Louisiana State University. Although, she never let that slow her down for a minute!

After completing her rehabilitation at Mississippi Methodist in Jackson Mississippi, she went on to finish her BA in Psychology. Next, she obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work, also from Louisiana State University. She completed two years of supervision after her Masters degree and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Most of her Social Work career was spent working with patients in physical rehabilitation hospitals in Baton Rouge.

The past three years she has spent at Numotion, as a Medical Supply account manager covering Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and part of Florida. Her proudest achievement is that she had three kids after sustaining her injury. Caroline, Austin and Joseph are all now in college and they are the joy of her life!

Karen plans to travel the country speaking to people in the disabled community, medical professionals, lawmakers and insurance companies about the medical and psychological benefits of standing devices, functional electrical stimulation and any technology created to keep people healthy and active.

Her platform, “Stand for Life”, was created by her years ago, because she realized that the use of technology that has existed for well over 30 years is terribly underutilized by people with disabilities. She has used these devices since her injury and as a result has never had a wound or any other medical problem. She wants this to become the norm by brining awareness to policy makers that keeping people healthy not only saves money, but also it saves lives!

 

Karen’s passion is for the health and wellness of people with disabilities! She will spend the next year “standing up” for the rights of the disabled to have access to the complex rehabilitation they need and deserve! She will stand up to law makers who are trying to roll back the progress made by the Americans with Disabilities Act. She will “stand up” for the rights of the 56 million amazing people in the country who happen to have a disability!


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