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Specialty: Internal Medicine
Dates: From Mar, 1, 2016 to Mar, 4, 2016
Location: Vancouver, CANADA
Type: Symposium
Registration Cost: From 375 to 475 CAD
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The Westin Bayshore

VANCOUVER, CANADA Visit the Venue to read more
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Event Overview
Welcome message:

The International Seating Symposium (ISS) is considered one of the premier meetings in the world of dedicated clinicians, researchers, manufacturers, and others who work to improve seating and mobility among people with disabilities.

Vancouver's Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC) and the University of British Columbia celebrated the 30th International Seating Symposium in Vancouver in March 2014. It was a journey that started in 1982. The members of the Vancouver Seating Special Interest group had a desire to learn more about this intriguing subject of seating and mobility. They decided that the best way of learning more about seating and mobility was to bring the experts to them. Getting funding to host the first conference was a challenge but the BC Kinsmen Foundation took the risk. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children took the lead in organizing the first symposium. The initial organizers, Lori Roxborough, Daphne Neen, Maureen Story, Bob Gobert, Elaine Liau and Dr. Stephen Tredwell brought clinicians, researchers and exhibitors together to develop resources, and create a forum that fostered an exchange of ideas and created a network focused on seating and mobility.

In 1986 Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children was approached by Doug Hobson of the University of Tennessee, Memphis with the proposal of forming a partnership. The 3rd ISS was held in Memphis in 1987. Our partnership has continued with ISS being held in Vancouver on the even years and in the USA (University of Tennessee then University of Pittsburgh) on the odd years.

This initial meeting in 1983 had 98 participants and 11 exhibitors with a real focus on "seating the disabled". In 2014 we've grown to 1138 participants from 27 countries and over 100 exhibitors. We have partner conferences around the world including U.S., Ireland, Brazil, and Asia. 

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Early Registration

Late Registration From: 2016-01-07 To: 0--
On site Registration

Group Registrations:

Group registrations not allowed

Accompanying Persons:

Accompanying persons not allowed

Registration Documents:
Letter of invitation:
We don’t provide letter of invitation
Letter of confirmation:
We don’t provide Letter of Confirmation
Proof of professional / educational status:
We don’t need Proof of professional/educational status
Online Abstract Submission:

We don’t accept Online Abstracts


The Westin Bayshore

1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC

A block of rooms has been set aside at a special rate of CDN $162.00 (plus tax) for a standard guest room (single/double) available for conference delegates, and will be held based on availability.

Reserve early by calling toll-free: 1.800.WESTIN.1 or local: 604.682.3377 or by email: Please specify that you are booking under “ISS 2016.” Rooms have sold out for the two previous symposiums, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.

For delegates making their reservation online, simply use the following direct link to access the group reservation page.

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Submission Info

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. Thank you for submitting your abstract.

Please contact Melissa at for information.


Types of Presentations

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions of 25 minutes presenting information of interest to all conference participants. Plenary speakers should be mindful of the broad range of the audience to whom one will be addressing.

Instructional Sessions

Instructional sessions will be one hour in length with 4-6 instructional sessions running concurrently. These sessions provide a structured learning experience while encouraging audience participation and exchange.

Pre-Symposium Workshops

Pre-symposium workshops will be in-depth, interactive, and hands-on sessions either half a day (3-hr) or a full day (6-hr) in length. As exhibits will be open after lunch on the pre-symposium day, we welcome you to integrate the exhibit hall into your workshop.

Paper Sessions

Paper presentations will be 10 minutes plus 5 minutes for Q&A. These sessions provide an opportunity for succinct presentations of innovative approaches and research findings.


Learning Objectives

Learning objectives must be written as measurable behavioral objectives that specify what you expect the participant to learn. The hierarchy of behavioral learning is: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Please visit the Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference website for a verb list to assist you in writing objectives:


Submission Guidelines

If accepted, a complete paper is required for inclusion in the course syllabus.

Abstracts should be submitted online with the following information included: Title, Author(s), Presenter(s), Presentation Level (Beginner-Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced*), Full Address, Phone/Fax Numbers, Email Address, Organization/Affiliation, 3 Learning Objectives, and Presentation Summary (300-word maximum).

If you are submitting an instructional session, please include a brief 50 word description for the program brochure. For pre-symposium and instructional session submissions, please also indicate any presentation requirements beyond the usual presentation needs, such as electrical needs, extra storage room, stages, etc.


Sponsors Exhibitors
General Info

Interested organizations are invited to sponsor the 32nd International Seating Symposium through various levels of financial support opportunities.

Sponsorship contributions through unrestricted educational grants are available in the following levels listed below. In addition to the specific acknowledgements of each level, all financial support will be recognized on the 32th ISS website, in the symposium materials, and verbally at the symposium.

Please note that sponsorship opportunities are on a first-come, first-serve basis and the first right of refusal will be given to past sponsors from ISS 2014.

Why Sponsor?

Over 1100 OTs, PTs, and equipment suppliers will gather in Vancouver, BC. This city will truly be at the epicenter for addressing current and future developments in the areas of seating, positioning and mobility. Continuing the highly successful series, the 32nd International Seating Symposium will be the premier setting for discourse and learning in topic areas such as service delivery, product development, research and outcomes. Sponsor packages ensure excellent exposure to this key audience before, during and after the conference (via the website).

Organising Agency

Stephanie Lai , UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education

Phone: 604-822-2801


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