Media Advisory - First-ever Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology to showcase the artistic excellence of performers with disabilities

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The Festival of International Conferences on
Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT) will bring together for
the first time five distinctive conferences focused on enhancing the lives of
seniors, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers.
    The FICCDAT Banquet will celebrate the creativity and artistry of people
with disabilities. Hosted by City TV's David Onley, the evening will include
dinner, prizes and performances by a variety of renowned artists with
disabilities. Performers include Christine Karcza, who walks with two canes,
and uses dance to demonstrate overcoming barriers, Adrian Anantawan, an
award-winning violinist born without a right arm and Simone Soman, a 16
year-old blind vocalist who has sung for royalty, government officials and


    June 18th, 2007
    Reception starts at 6pm
    Banquet and performances begin at 7pm


    Grand Ballrooms
    Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
    123 Queen Street West


    -   David Onley, On-air personality, City TV
    -   Christine Karcza, President of I Can Do This!
    -   Adrian Anantawan, Award-winning violinist
    -   Simone Soman, Internationally-renowned singer
    -   Andria Spindel, President and CEO of March of Dimes Canada
    -   Mark Rochon, President of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto
        Rehab, Inc.)


    Never before has there been a professional event of this scale where
    international conferences unite with a common focus approached from
    different perspectives. FICCDAT has attracted the world's leading experts
    - physicians and other healthcare professionals, government policy
    makers, researchers, family caregivers, students, seniors and persons
    with disabilities who will share their research findings and wealth of
    experience on the issues facing aging populations, the evolving roles of
    family caregivers and the innovative technologies that will assist us as
    we grow older.

    March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization
providing support services to over 50,000 people with disabilities, their
families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit the
website at or call 1-800-263-3463.

    The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) is at the forefront
of one of the most important and emerging frontiers in health care today -
rehabilitation science. Toronto Rehab is one of Canada's leading academic
rehabilitation science centres providing adult rehabilitation services,
complex continuing care, and long-term care. More information is available at:

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For further information: or to book an interview, please contact: Jamie
Read, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3866, Cell: (647)
291-7323,; Ruth Kapelus, March of Dimes Canada,
(416) 425-3463, ext. 7254, Cell: (416) 889-4818,; Carolyn
Lovas, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3837,

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