Dr. Alexander is an expert on SCI, sexuality, disability, telerehabilitation and climate change and disabiity. She worked to establish and is Editor in Chief of the Journal on Climate Change and Health. She is also the Editor of the book Telerehabilitation: Principles and Practice and has written over 125 professional articles and chapters. She was trained as a Climate Project speaker in 2008 through Al Gore's Climate Reality Project and has lectured extensively around the world nd first brought the topic of climate change and SCI to a rehabilitation audience while President of American Spinal Injury Association. Furthermore, she linked climate change and SCI at the Lars Sullivan Lecutre in 2007 in Rekjavik, Iceland. Dr. Alexander has spoken in person or virtually at many US med schools and established The Day for Tomorrow and "Canada to Key West Walk" to raise awareness about climate change and disability.
I have used a wheelchair for 40 years, and in these 40 years, I have noticed a difference in our climate. I have always liked to stay active; I want to take daily walks, spend time in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. I live in Central California. Here in the valley, I have noticed a difference in our climate. We have many more days of extreme heat, and the quality of our air has worsened. These changes have limited my time outdoors. I believe that none of us can or should ignore what is happening to our environment. I believe each of us is responsible for doing whatever we can, no matter how small or large we may think our contributions may be. Every effort is needed and matters.
Deborah is a Speaker, Disability Inclusion Consultant, Entrepreneur, Writer, and Business Owner of Wheelchair Lifestyle Enterprise Push Living Inc. Living in South Florida, and having a C6 SCI, she is extremely concerned about climate change. Deborah has spoken on accessibility in the world and inclusion in the media since 1991. She's has also been consultant on accessible design, inclusive travel/tourism, disability awareness, employment, marketing, and advertising.
She is most passionate about building a network of people with disabilities who are empowering, supporting, and creating a more inclusive world. Personally, she believes that people with disabilities must help not only with assuring that their needs are met with the climate crisis, but that persons with disabilities can make a major contribution in conquering the climate crisis through the development of Day for Tomorrow.
Raju is the Medical Director and Consultant Rehabilitation Medicine Physician (Physiatrist) for the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Nepal. A polio survivor who must rely on the use of a wheelchair, he is trained in Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an Honorary Clinical Fellow of Rehabilitation Medicine, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia and has served as the lead for many training projects around the world. He is a consultant for the Nepal Nepal- National Guidelines on Disability inclusive health services – Rehabilitation Clinical Protocol and is an avid speaker and writer. Moreover, living in Nepal he personally sees the benefits of telerehabilitation and the need to bring persons with disabilities and professionals together to conquer the earth's challenges.
Industrial Psychologist, wheelchair user, business leader, and entrepreneur. She has utilized her professional skills and industrial psychology background to help make a difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) founding a magazine, support group, and nonprofit organization. Gretchelle worked tirelessly to ensure that people with disabilities on the island had access to essential services and equipment after Hurricanes Maria and Irma. She personally visited the damaged houses of chapter members, developing case studies and ramping up public awareness campaigns. Gretchelle has pushed for new policies can be created that address the needs of the community during emergencies and natural disasters.
Yannis is Ass. Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Patras (Spinal Cord Injury Clinic). He has special expertise in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases and completed a Master Thesis in Aging and Chronic Diseases. Dr. Dionnysiotis realizes the unique concerns of the elderly and those with disabilities in regards to climate change and is passionate about educating people in an environmentally friendly fashion through the use of telemedicine and through social media.
Professor Belgin Erhan is working as a faculty member (Professor) and administrative director at Istanbul Medeniyet University, Medical Shool, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Bill Forrester is the founder of Travability. Bill is an acknowledged thought leader in the growing economics of Accessible Tourism, Universal Design, and Social Inclusion, especially the impact the retiring baby boomers will have on the tourism sector. He has also given keynote addresses internationally on the economics of Inclusive Tourism.
Erica has lived with a T9 SCI since 2010. Her work focuses on peer group training programs and services for wheelchair users. Working with the Motivation Romania Foundation, Erika organizes events to increase awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities. In April 2016, Erika was awarded with the title of Romanian Woman of Courage by the U.S. Embassy in Romania, after she represented Romania in the 2016 International Women of Courage contest, organized by the U.S. Department of State. Erica is passionate about using green healthcare and technology to improve the education and resources available to persons with disabilities.
Francisco Salvador Lee Guandique
Dr. Francisco Lee is physician and specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Guatamala with special expertise in sports and orthopedics. He was part of the Guatemala national wrestling team. Living in central america, he is aware of the impacts of climate change and the threats of severe weather on a regular basis.
Ingebjørg Irgens is a PRM physician from Norway. She has been using TeleRehabilitation solutions for more than 15 years, and has performed both innovation projects and research projects using digital tools, like videoconference. Her main focus is to secure patients the same possibilities regarding treatment and follow-up, regardless of geographical location, using digital solutions. If these solutions also reduces atmospheric pollution, they should definitely be preferred.
Lisa is an occupational therapist with additional specialty certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. She teaches full-time as a Faculty Specialist at The University of Scranton and has a part-time private practice, Hands For Life Therapy. Lisa is currently a Doctoral Candidate earning her PhD in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is passionate about telerehabilitation and infusing occupation in upper extremity rehabilitation.
Carl Froilan D. Leochico
Dr. Carl Froilan D. Leochico is a physiatrist from the Philippines and Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila. He is a leader in telerehabilitation in the Phillipines and is the present Chair of the Telerehabilitation Committee of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. A special focus of his academic work is the education of medical students regarding climate change and the benefits of on line education.
Melina Longoni is specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Care and Natural Therapies. She is the Medical director of the ReDel Rehabilitation Center. Tigre, Argentina and holds many titles in various international rehabilitation societies. An avid communicator, Dr. Longoni has organized The Round-the-World courses for Sustain Our Abilities and in the process developed a great source of education for professionals and persons with disabilities in Ibero-Latin American Countries.
Ramiro is a psychologist from Rosario, Argentina. He also holds a Master’s degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ramiro professor at university, he works as a trainer, supervisor and therapeutic team coordinator, and he is a member of the Neurodiversity Foundation (Argentina). Ramiro runs a postgraduate program on autism in Argentina is passionate about on line education. He is also personally affected by the impacts of climate change causing drought in Rosario.
Maya is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and also has a masters in Global Health Sciences. She is currently in a pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Growing up in the Northwest of the United States she learned the importance of recycling, composting, decreasing food waste, honoring nature and the environment as a child. Maya loves travel, learning about different people and cultures and taking care of our planet. She lived through earthquakes, hurricanes and forest fires, which are becoming ever more present over the past five years. For her children, friends, family and vulnerable pediatric patients with disabilities, she is passionate about taking action to help combat the climate crisis.
Jason O'Brien is an independent filmmaker who has been creating original content and working as a director, producer, cinematographer, writer, and editor for over 15 years. He founded his production company Fast Lane Productions in 2014.
Truly an East-coaster, and never far from water, Colleen is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Research Chief at New Brunswick’s Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. Along with husband Jeff Campbell she founded Team Canada Healing Hands in 2002, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation care and training in developing countries. She has thus worked in disaster response in Haiti and Nepal. She has co-authored numerous publications on and provided technical guidance to the World Health Organization on rehabilitation in the humanitarian field.
Adesola Odole is an Associate Professor and Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at the University of Ibadan and University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. She has over 30 years of physiotherapy clinical practice. Her teaching, scholarship, and clinical practice have been geared towards telehealth, health outcomes assessment, and intervention of major musculoskeletal conditions. She is also interested in improved access to healthcare for the less privileged and underserved communities through mobile health. She is very passionate about the voice of individuals with disabilities being heard. Her new passion includes advancing health and wellness especially regarding climate change and physical disabilities.
Shivjeet Singh Raghav
Raghiv has lived with a spinal cord injury for 40 years. He has also served as the Patient Education Coordinator and Peer Counselor at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi for years. He has also been involved in the development and leadership of many Indian and international organizations related to SCI and with the UN-ESCAP project was a member of the team in inspecting and making important infrastructure, roads, signals, bus stands and footpaths accessible. He has also been a participant in many international conferences on quality of life, psychosocial issues, advocacy and empowerment of persons with SCI throughout his lifetime.
Christina Anastasia Rapidi
Dr. Rapidi is a MD, PhD who leads the department of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine at the General Hospital “G.Gennimatas” (NHS) in Athens. Dr Rapidi’s interests include neuro-rehabilitation, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, neurogenic bladder and bowel, pelvic floor rehabilitation and medical education. She works with many international organizations and is a frequent speaker in International Meetings. Realizing the rapid impacts of climate change on people living with spinal cord injuries, she is avid about the need for Day for Tomorrow, Telerehabiitation and on line education.
Elizabeth M. Treston
Elizabeth M. Treston, M.A. is trained in speech therapy and pathology. After a traumatic accident leaving her a quadriplegic, she completed her studies and went to work at United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau, Inc and spent most of her career working with non-verbal children and adults providing skills and equipment for alternative and augmented communication. Ms. Treston is a survivor of Superstorm Sandy and a supporter of Climate justice. An advocate for rebuilding and resilience. Ms. Treston is currently a City Councilperson for Long Beach, NY.
Samantha is an activist. After her car accident in 2008, she began sharing her story of alcohol and drug use which caused her T9 paraplegia. “I know feeling invincible is natural, but it always is until it happens to you. None of us are exempt from this. Traumatic injuries happen, regardless of what you think, absolutely none of us are Invincible.” She has spoken at many middle school, high schools & drug rehabilitation facilities along with occupational therapy students giving insight on life with a spinal cord injury. She is also a Martial Arts enthusiast who is working to shape Wheelchair Boxing into a Paralympic sport. Samantha has transitioned to advocacy regarding increased care for people with SCIs and environmental justice. She will be speaking at the “2022 Watershed Congress” giving more insight on what clean water means for her communities and believes strongly in the Day for Tomorrow.
Nishu is an Occupational Therapist and Telerehabilitation Specialist at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in Delhi, India. Ms. Tyagi launched ‘We CARE India’ project which supports online rehab services for persons with disabilities, children with special needs, elderly, and transgender communities. She also is a executive member of the Telemedicine Society of India and cooperates with many international groups. She is an expert at providing telehealth in rural communities of India and using this green form of health care to support people's recovery.