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The Auburn/Opelika Parkinson's Disease Support Group has an upcoming meeting Sunday April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Eagle's Nest Meeting Room in the back left side of Monarch Estates located at 1550 East University Drive in Auburn. The speaker will be Scott Renner, MSW, ATP. The title of his presentation is "Assistive Technology that Improves Independence and Quality of Life."

Scott Renner earned his bachelor's degree in business from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana, and a master's degree in social work from Grambling State University. Renner will earn his doctorate in rehabilitation counseling from Auburn University in May. He is an assistant research professor at Auburn University Center for Disability Research and Service. In this role, he is responsible for conducting research on assistive technology, or AT, for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Renner's research, writing and publications interests are related to AT. He has presented at national conferences on his research and knowledge regarding AT. In 1992, Renner acquired a C3- C4 spinal cord injury from a diving accident that resulted in quadriplegia. He utilizes AT on a daily basis for employment, independence and recreation/ leisure, and he understands the impact AT can have on individuals with disabilities. Those with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family members and friends are invited and urged to attend. For more information, contact Linda Drummond at (334) 444-2836.