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Keynote Speaker, Patti Bassey
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2018 Keynote Speaker Announced!

Our Keynote Speaker, Patti Bassey, JD, AAS, COTA/L, has travelled a diverse, inspirational career and personal journey of "renewal, rebuilding and revitalization." A journey that began with a law degree, moved through government and private practice experience, and is now involved in the development of an innovative and emerging practice area for occupational therapy practitioners.

Her Start
Patti embarked on her compelling career path in 1991 when she received a law degree from Fordham University. She immediately headed to Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant, and then Minority Counsel, for United States Senator William S. Cohen. Included in her many responsibilities was advising the Senator (who was the Ranking Member of the Senate Justice Committee) on the nominations of Justices Ginsberg and Breyer to the Supreme Court of the United States.

With eight years of experience in government legislative affairs under her belt, Patti decided to move in a new direction. As the founder and Principal Manager of a successful law practice, she focused on developing estate planning strategies for clients, coordinating living assistance for elderly clients with geriatric care managers and companion services, and representing petitioners in re-finalization of foreign adoptions.

Her Path to OT
When her son was diagnosed with autism ten years ago, Patti observed the many benefits that occupational therapy provided in her son's growth and development. She experienced a keen desire to learn more about OT. After much thought and information gathering, Patti decided to set aside her career in law to enroll in SUNY Orange's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. During her studies, Patti became involved with the research and development of a unique occupational therapy-based college experience for high school students with intellectual disabilities, the College Learning Circle. She completed her Level II fieldwork in this pilot program and was hired, upon graduation from the OTA Program, to participate in the establishment of the first inclusive higher education certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities in the Hudson Valley. Because she recognized the need for post-secondary programs for students with unique learning and socialization needs, she eagerly accepted the opportunity. Patti was appointed Director of SUNY Orange BRIDGES, a college-based three-year certificate program for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Join us at Conference to hear more of Patti's innovative and uplifting story of renewal, rebuilding and revitalization.

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