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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities


The ‘F-Words' in Childhood Disability: Are We Ready to Shift Gears?


Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota campus
333 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Keynote Speaker: PETER ROSENBAUM, M.D., FRCP(C)

Dr. Rosenbaum’s talk will reflect on how, in the 21st century, we are embracing new ideas and new paradigms for the healthcare and disability fields. Guiding us are the 6 ‘F-Words’ from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) framework: Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future. The ‘F-Words’ have been enthusiastically embraced by parents and families—and colleagues—around the world.

He will present these ideas and challenge everyone to think—and speak together about—”Yes but...” and “Now what...”. It is hoped that a lively interactive discussion will help all of us see new possibilities to build these ideas into everyday practice and research (and remember, one of the F-Words is ‘Fun!’). F-Words Hub can be found at:

Peter Rosenbaum

PETER ROSENBAUM, M.D., FRCP(C) joined the faculty of McMaster University in July 1973 and has been a Professor of Pediatrics since 1984. He held an inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (2001- 2014). In 1989, Peter co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a health system-linked research unit now recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities.

Peter has held more than 80 peer-reviewed research grants and is a contributing author to over 330 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker in 30 countries. He co-authored "Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life" (2012), and co-edited "Life Quality Outcomes of Children and Young Adults with Neurological and Developmental Conditions" (2013) with Dr. Gabriel Ronen. In 2016, he and colleagues published a book on ethical dilemmas in developmental medicine.

Peter has been a graduate supervisor or committee member at the Universities of Oxford, Utrecht, Witwatersrand, and Toronto in addition to McMaster. From 2012-14 he was a consultant to UNICEF’s Expert Consultation on the Collection of Data on Children with Disabilities. His awards include the Ross Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society (2000); an Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Université Laval (2005); the AACPDM’s first Mentorship Award (2007) and its Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), and in 2015, the inaugural Holland Bloorview Medal of Excellence for “outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive global advancements in the field of childhood disabilities.

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