Medtrade launches home renovation conference

Sunday, September 26, 2004

September 27, 2004

ATLANTA - ACCESS 2004, a one-day conference for builders, contractors, architects, designers and home medical equipment providers involved in creating accessible homes and facilities for the disabled and aging population, will take place Monday, Oct. 25, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in conjunction with Medtrade 2004. The all-day event is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on this growing industry, according to VNU Expositions, producer of the event.

Attendees can choose from two tracks: Universal Design and the Building Community or Universal Design and the Home Medical Equipment Provider, both of which are endorsed by PRIME who offer continuing education credits for the Certified Environmental Access Consultants/Contractors (CEAC) credential.

The conference schedule will begin with a keynote address by Dick Duncan, MRP, who is with the Center for Universal Design, College of Design at North Carolina State University. In response to the growing need for information about changing customer, design, and home construction issues in the 21st century, Duncan’s address, The Current State and Future of Universal Design, will raise the awareness of participants in the basics of low-cost and market-rate universal home design features, products and home building plans as well as the applicability of universal design to home modifications.

The accredited educational program for ACCESS will feature additional leading industry experts such as Sandra W. Alexander, Jim Hersh of Rehab Solutions & Design, Drue Lawlor, principal of Education-Works Inc., and Louis S. Tenenbaum, independent living strategist.

Home access is an industry whose time has come, says Tenenbaum.

"Current issues such as increasing medical costs, the need to reap more value from our existing housing stock, insufficient supply of qualified healthcare workers, huge growth in the aging population and the real desire of all Americans to maintain control of their homes and lives are all resolved by the home modification process," he says. "Every industry is aware of the need to assure worker-safe environments; however, homes where home healthcare is taking place are not designed for caregiving. The access industry is the missing link in the growth of home and community services."

The cost of the all-day seminar is $225. Attendees will have full access to the Medtrade 2004 exposition. At this leading event, attendees have the opportunity to see over 250,000 products and visit more than 900 manufacturers and distributors. The exhibit hall will be open Tuesday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information on the CEAC certification, which distinguishes professionals involved in creating accessible environments for the disabled and aging, contact PRIME at (954) 718-6055 or