Were you unable to attend this year’s American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) National Student Conclave? You can still catch the keynote address here, delivered by RehabCare physical therapist Aaron Scheidies. Aaron spoke to students about transcending limitations on disability as it relates to both his career and his patients.
As a child, Aaron was diagnosed with Juvenile Macular Degeneration and has less than 20% vision. But Aaron has gone on to complete his doctorate in physical therapy and make an indelible mark in sports. Aaron is a world-class athlete who has competed in more than 250 triathlons all over the world. Aaron recently completed the 2013 Boston Marathon in a remarkable two hours and 44 minutes. He was a 2011 Espy Award finalist and is a member of the Disabilities Hall of Fame.
Aaron is also a devoted RehabCare therapist at our Emerald Heights facility in Washington state. Utilizing technology, always being resilient and relying on other senses has empowered Aaron to adapt to the demands of his physical therapy career and his athletic endeavors. Aaron’s unique perspective enables him to motivate his patients to overcome their impairments, too. “It’s about looking at disability in a different way and never putting a ceiling on anybody’s potential,” said Aaron. “When I get a patient, I don’t think about what this person can’t do. I think about what I can do to get them from unable to do something to being able to do what they want, about bridging the ability gap.”
RehabCare is thankful to call Aaron one of our own. For his speech and introduction by Paul Diaz, chief executive officer of RehabCare’s parent company, Kindred Healthcare, skip to 54:00 minutes into the video titled “Opening Ceremonies.”
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