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  • Stanley Paris Ready for Second Round-the-World Attempt

    Sure, if you're reading this you probably get to put "PT" or "PTA" after your name. And maybe you can even add "DPT" or "PhD." But—and be honest here—can you tack on the word "adventurer" after those designations?

    Stanley Paris can. And he's getting ready to kick that particular part of his qualifications into high gear.

    Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, adventurer, has announced that he will make another attempt to set the age and speed record for solo circumnavigation of the globe by sailboat as a way to raise awareness for the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) and physical therapy research in general. The adventure is set to begin in early November in St Augustine, Florida. Last year's attempt raised more than $250,000 for the Foundation.

    Paris made his first attempt to break the age record of 56 years and the speed record of 150 days in early December 2013, but he suffered equipment failure that prevented him from completing the voyage. Since that time, both records have been broken, with the speed record now set at 137 days, and the age record now 70. If he's successful, Paris will beat the new age record by 7 years.

    "I am looking forward to taking on this challenge once again and using this opportunity to raise awareness for the Foundation," said Paris in a Foundation news release (pdf). "We need more research that demonstrates the value of physical therapy, and the Foundation is doing just that."

    Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, praised Paris's commitment and generosity and said that his efforts are "important in the Foundation's determination to support research that helps physical therapists improve the quality of life."

    Paris will once again sail in his 63-foot yacht, the Kiwi Spirit, a craft that will run solely on wind and solar energy. If successful, Paris will also become the first person to circumnavigate in a completely "green" way—or at least the first person to do so in a really, really long time.

    2014 - 10-21 Stanley Paris 2nd Attempt

    Paris will document his journey, post videos, and provide other information on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/uofstaugsolo. Visit the Foundation's website to find out how to contribute to physical therapy research.

    Healthy People 2020 Seeking Comment

    Healthy People 2020, a US Department of Health and Human Services initiative that establishes goals for improving the health of all Americans, is being updated and needs your input.

    The program, which provides a set of 10-year national objectives, has issued proposed new objectives in the areas of arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic back conditions; early and middle childhood; heart disease and stroke; maternal, infant, and child health; and tobacco use. The objectives include issues around hypertension, chronic pain, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Participants may review and comment on the proposed objectives.

    APTA is a member of the Healthy People Consortium, and will gather comments from member experts to develop a formal response from the association.

    Plan on submitting individual comments? Be sure to identify yourself as a PT sharing your own perspectives to avoid confusion with the official APTA response.

    Grant Opportunities for Training in Work With Children With Disabilities Announced

    The US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has announced funding opportunities for nonprofits and institutes of higher learning that train individuals to work with children with disabilities, and physical therapy is among the training areas that could qualify for the awards. An estimated 26 awards averaging $237,500 will be made.

    The funding is intended to help address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children with disabilities. Special attention is being focused on ways to ensure that personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge using scientifically based research and experience.

    Some of the "Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services" grants will be awarded to projects associated with preexisting education programs in special education, early intervention, or a related field; however, grants may also be awarded to projects associated with various assistant programs—among them physical therapist assistant programs. Primary focus areas include projects that prepare related services personnel, such as physical therapists (PTs), to serve children, infants, and toddlers with disabilities. OSERS intends to fund 8 awards under this focus area.

    Other award areas include projects related to preparation for professions in "related" services that include physical therapy.

    For details, requirements, and application instructions, refer to the program posting on the Federal Register (pdf).