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NWD Webinar
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Category: Districts

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Topic: Returning to Hunting after Life Changing Disability: Physical Therapist Role in Evaluation, Education and Advocacy presented by Beth Gustafson, PT, DHSc and Brian Gustafson

Course Description:
Participation in meaningful life activities enhances quality of life. Impairments and restrictions in body functions and activities can limit an individual’s ability to return to meaningful recreational activities. Participation in hunting requires many skills including planning, mobility over varied terrains, postural control, visual motor integration and safety awareness and judgment. Physical therapists are positioned to evaluate, educate and advocate for individuals and support persons who believe participation in hunting ends with chronic physical disability.

Contact Hour(s): .25 evaluative and .75 general 

More About The Speakers:
Beth Gustafson, PT, DHSc
Dr. Beth Gustafson is an Assistant Professor at Gannon University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She teaches in the adult neurological course sequence and has over 35 years of experience working with adults with disabilities secondary to neurological impairments. Gustafson has long advocated for full return to meaningful life activities for individuals with chronic disabilities. In addition to her professional work, she has been married to Brian, an avid hunter with a disability for over 30 years. During that time she has learned a considerable amount about hunting and has worked with her husband to help him participate in his beloved sport. Recently Beth and Brian have reached out to other hunters with disabilities to assist them in assessing their own abilities to return to hunting and to discuss potential accommodations to help make their goals possible.

Brian Gustafson, CO-retired
Mr. Brian Gustafson is a retired certified orthotist with 20 years of experience in orthotics with an emphasis in pediatrics and adaptive seating. Brian currently serves as an adjunct instructor and guest lecturer in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (spinal cord injury and orthotics content) and Biomedical Engineering Program (adaptations for participation in activities following spinal cord injury) at Gannon University. Brian is a National Rifle Association (NRA) certified range officer and certified instructor in multiple separate disciplines including home fire arm safety, basic pistol, personal protection with a firearm, and basic shotgun. He is an Ohio Department of Natural Resources certified hunter education instructor and certified trapping instructor. Brian uses a wheelchair and adaptive vehicles for mobility secondary to a spinal cord injury (SCI) sustained 37 years ago (T4, ASIA B). He has harvested 98 white tail deer, 89 post SCI; four black bear, an antelope and elk. 35 deer and one bear were harvested with a cross bow.

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