Skills for Life Workshop
Registration, Hotel Reservations,
Closing Dinner Fundraiser & Program Layout
Registration is now open!
Please note: You must register on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot at Skills for Life. If you are a limb loss/limb different individual, remember your registration is free, but you will still need to complete the online process. Scholarship recipients also need to complete the registration process. All other registrations range from $150-$650.
Address: JW Marriott Houston
by The Galleria
5150 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 961-1500
Please see below updates regarding hotel reservations.
For those wearing prosthetic arms or legs, have you traveled to a conference in the past and had something break on you? If so, not to worry at Skills for Life 6 because we will have a repair booth in Houston, courtesy of Fillauer and Holmes Prosthetic Center! This means if you have a screw come loose (literally, not figuratively), a frayed cable, something breaks, a grommet falls out or a common piece mysteriously disappears from your arms (or legs), we have you covered at Skills for Life! We have seen our amazing healthcare professionals working in the side rooms or back corners since 2008 to help with impromptu fixes to make sure you can still function while you are away from home and your prosthetists. We just want to make sure everyone knows this awesome booth will be available throughout the 3.5 days while you are in Houston! Be sure to thank our Fillauer and HPC friends if you see them around at SFL 6!
Disclaimer: This is not a prosthetic evaluation clinic, it is only for small repairs or quick fixes.
Tuesday, October 4
Exhibitor Set Up, Registration/Check-In
Wednesday, October 5
Exhibitor Set Up, Exhibit Hall, Registration/Check-In,
Lunch provided at noon, Program Content, Happy Hour Social
Thursday, October 6
Program Content 8am-5pm, Lunch provided, Exhibit Hall, Golf Clinic
Friday, October 7
Program Content 8am-5pm, Lunch provided, Exhibit Hall, Amputee Coalition CPV
Saturday, October 8
Program Content AM, Activity Day PM, Closing Banquet Fundraiser
Sunday, October 9
HOTEL UPDATE - ALERNATE HOTELS
September 15, 2022
The Skills for Life 6 reduced rate reservation date has passed, but please don’t worry! You can book at several nearby awesome options and ALL are less than a half a mile away! Most, if not all, of these hotels have shuttle services within a mile radius and Uber/Lyft are everywhere in this area. You can also still book rooms at the SFL 6 hotel, just not at our reduced conference rate. For our scholarship recipients, who have not booked hotel rooms yet, we will need to coordinate with the hotel you end up making reservations with. If anyone has made a reservation and no longer needs it, please make sure to email SSJRehab@gmail.com so we can transfer your reservation to someone else.
To see the nearby options, please click here or on the PDF button in this section. Each blue underlined hotel name below includes a hyperlink to that hotel for reservations.
Activity Day, Fundraiser & Special Events
OPAF First Swing Adaptive Golf Clinic
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) is hosting a First Swing Golf clinic in conjunction with the Adaptive Golf Association. The AGA has conducted weekly & monthly community clinics in Florida and Georgia since 1990. The clinic is also being sponsored by The Dralla Foundation- an organization dedicated to providing those with physical challenges and unforgettable day. We are honored to have PING's Adaptive Fitting Program joining us as well!
Hanger Clinic's Quad Bootcamp & Running Clinic
Look for an exciting boot camp opportunity and Running Clinics on Friday, October 7th. Hanger Clinic's Kevin Carroll and Cameron Clapp are hosting this clinic specifically for those who are missing all four limbs. Additional info and details will be made available closer to the event and in the event program.
Your favorites from years past like, Kids Korner, Adaptive Gaming with Warfighter Engaged, Biking with Bee Abled and Art Class are back along with new activities such as Swim Clinic led by coaches from Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), Wheelchair Rugby and Basketball with TIRR Sports and Horse Care with Cowboy Up Therapies. Click here for Preliminary Schedule.
Let's Glow Crazy! Fundraiser Dinner
This year the SFL workshop will conclude with a fundraiser banquet on Saturday, October 8th. Please come join us for an evening of glow in the dark fun with dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffle! Open to all! Fundraiser tickets will be available for individual purchase or consider buying a table for you and 7 of your friends! SFL 6 registered attendees do not need to purchase any additional tickets, the banquet is included in your registration, but for all others interested in buying a ticket/plate/table, please use this Eventbrite link..
Amputee Coalition Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Training at SFL 6!
Message from Amputee Coalition:
At the heart of the Amputee Coalition’s mission is our peer support programs. Our goal is to make sure that no one goes through this journey alone. We believe that support comes in many forms and can make an incredible difference in recovery and rehabilitation. The Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitors (CPVs) are trained volunteers who provide information and support for individuals about to undergo an amputation or who currently have limb loss/difference. We are excited to partner with Enhancing Skills for Life to bring a hybrid CPV training to Houston during the Skills for Life 6: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop. Our hybrid training requires CPV Candidates complete a 3.5-hour training session via Zoom with a Certified Peer Visitor Trainer and then you can complete your in-person 2.5-hour skills assessment during the Skills for Life Workshop training session. If you're interested in becoming a CPV during the Skills for Life Workshop, we invite you to review the CPV criteria and complete an application by clicking this link or the images in this section. You will be asked to authorize a background check and submit two letters of recommendation at the end of the application. Please note, this will be a small training session, with only 10 seats available. *Cutoff date for registration is September 16, 2022.
Airport Transportation & Houston Flights
AIRPORT TO HOTEL TRANSPORTATION
The hotel does not provide transportation to/from either airport (IAH or HOU) so you will need to arrange that separately through a taxi service, SuperShuttle, Uber, Lyft or renting a car.
For our wheelchair users, Houston Metro will be offering a service between the airports and JW Marriott. You will need to pre-register for this service, please contact us to get registered. Be prepared to provide flight #, airline, and arrival/departure times.
FLIGHTS TO HOUSTON
We are now less than a year away so it may be a good idea to start looking into airfare. Escape Houston is a great way to find cheap flights to Houston so we recommend following them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, joining their Telegram channel or signing up for their newsletters. Even though the notifications may discuss traveling from Houston to another destination, the reverse itinerary between cities is typically the same fare.
Duty of Care & COVID
SFL 6 & COVID
We are requesting either proof of vaccination or a negative test (rapid or pcr) within 72 hours of arrival to SFL 6. Please keep in mind, the US no longer requires a negative test to enter the country and the CDC continues to recommend NIOSH approved masks for large indoor gatherings.
Enhancing Skills for Life is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all SKILLS FOR LIFE 6 participants, vendors, and staff. We are diligently monitoring the CDC Small and Large Gatherings | CDC, federal, state, and local health authorities’ regulations around COVID-19. We will update our Duty of Care statement on a regular basis to reflect changes to mandates. We take this pandemic seriously, and we are working hard to provide the safest environment possible. Please fill out this online screening questionnaire, print out and bring with you to speed up check in process.
At this time we are not mandating masks, however we are strongly recommending masking at SFL 6.
Understand pre-prosthetic evaluation and treatment needs unique to individuals missing both arms or all four limbs
Understand evaluation and treatment needs after a prosthetic device has been fit
Gain exposure to functional skills, adaptations, equipment, modifications used by individuals missing both arms or all four limbs
Learn about the latest technology, surgical techniques and prosthetic componentry
Discuss appropriate functional outcomes, dependent upon level of limb loss/absence
Discuss emotional adjustments and impacts to the individual and family living with bilateral upper limb or quadruple limb loss
27 hours of OT education awarded by Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA)
16.25 credits awarded by America Board for Certification (ABC)
Full tuition less credit card processing fees are refundable if we receive written cancellation seven days prior to the seminar. Registrants who notify Enhancing Skills for Life of cancellation up to one week before the beginning of the seminar are eligible for a registration refund, less any credit card processing fees. Enhancing Skills for Life is not responsible for any guaranteed airline or hotel reservations. In the unlikely event that the event is canceled, we will make every effort to contact the participants, with the information they submitted when they registered as well as posted information on the website. In the event of cancellation, participants will receive a full refund based on payment method. We ask participants to allow ample time for refund check processing and credit card account transactions. Enhancing Skills for Life reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other circumstances that would make the event non-viable. If Enhancing Skills for Life cancels an event, registrants will be notified and offered a refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at a new, future date.