Media Advisory/Launch Event/Photo Opportunity - Ontario's New Lieutenant Governor will help Toronto Rehabilitation Institute launch its one-of-a-kind rehabilitation research facility

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:   The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and
            Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) will nationally
            launch iDAPT - Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation
            and Technology, a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation research facility
            where new and more effective treatments, and assistive devices
            and technologies will be developed to improve the lives of
            individuals recovering from, and living with, disabling injury
            and illness and age-related conditions.

            iDAPT research will push the boundaries of rehabilitation science
            in Canada and beyond by using the most advanced technology and
            equipment, and by providing a research environment where ideas
            can be cultivated, tested and applied in the real world.

    WHERE:  Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
            Auditorium, Main Floor, University Centre,
            550 University Avenue, Toronto

    WHEN:   Wednesday, October 3, 2007
            Launch: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
            Tour of existing iDAPT workshops and demonstrations of iDAPT
            research projects and assistive technologies: directly following
            launch until 12:30 p.m.
            (xx) Photo opportunity

    WHO:    Special Guests:
            The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
            Eliot Phillipson, President & CEO, Canada Foundation for
            Peter Lewis, Vice-Dean, Research & International Relations,
            Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
            Barbara Stymiest, Chief Operating Officer, RBC Financial Group
            Geoff Fernie, Vice President, Research, Toronto Rehabilitation

    WHY:    The demand for rehabilitation services is growing and with it,
            the need to develop new and more effective treatments, and
            assistive devices and technologies that will improve the quality
            of life and independence of people with disabilities and people
            as they age.

            Current assistive devices often do not function well in
            challenging environments, like in an inaccessible building or
            home or in icy and snowy winter conditions, or they are not
            attractively designed or as user-friendly as consumers would
            like. iDAPT facilities will enable researchers to safely study
            the complex interactions between people and their environment and
            help people with disabilities adapt to their new challenges, and
            to equip them with innovative and well-designed products that
            they will actually use and benefit from.


    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:

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Lovas, Media Relations Specialist,
Marketing & Communications, Toronto Rehab, (416) 597-3422 ext. 3837,

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