APTA members need to act by April 2 if they want to get in on early registration discounts for the inaugural NEXT Exposition and Conference featuring Captain Mark Kelly. A space shuttle commander and husband of former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Kelly will deliver the opening keynote address for the event June 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy captain, bestselling author, prostate cancer survivor, and experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He has served as his wife's partner and most ardent supporter during her continuing recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Kelly's presentation will also include a special video message from Giffords.
NEXT evolved from the meeting formerly known as the Annual Conference and Exhibition. Though the focus and tone of NEXT will be on what's ahead for the profession, the event will also feature many of the popular elements of past annual conferences including the McMillan and Maley lectures and the Oxford Debate. As with past annual conferences, NEXT will occur immediately after APTA's House of Delegates.
Registration and housing information can be found on the NEXT webpage along with a schedule of presentations and preconference sessions.
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