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The Career and Educational Counseling Center At South Oaks Hospital Hosts 16th Annual Disability Awareness Conference

Amityville, NY (June 13, 2014) - The l6th Annual Disability Awareness Conference, "Innovate, Integrate and Motivate," held recently at South Oaks Hospital provided valuable information to more than 70 health care professionals and community members.

The free, full-day conference has become a valuable resource in sharing best practices and approaches on important topics addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities.

At the May event, Tina Walch, MD, medical director at South Oaks Hospital, presented an in-depth segment on postpartum depression fostering a lively discussion and heightened awareness on understanding and recognizing the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression.

Kristie Golden, MD, associate director of Operations at Stony Brook Medicine, shared advances in Neuroscience, Julie Erdman, Creative Explorations, shared the healing catharsis of creative expression. In addition, David Hanley from Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Fran Karpowich and Leslie Martin, licensed massage therapists from Compassionate Care Massage Therapy, demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture and therapeutic massage therapy for people with disabilities. Bea Huste-Peterson, founder of EJ Autism, shared the latest research and innovations in meeting the challenges of autism while Teri Nugent, program director of Vocational and School-Based Services and Karen Gross, rehabilitation counselor, both from South Oaks Hospital, presented creative approaches to financial literacy for youth with disabilities.

The conference was very successful and next year's conference is already in development.

Photo (from left to right): Dr. T. Walch, South Oaks Hospital, M. DeGiovine, M. Stewart and C. Taormina, Education & Assistance Corp.

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Mary Jeanne Corea, Director of Community Relations

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