2150 Lab Update
Electricians, carpenters and other workers have been in and out of the 2150 clinic simulation lab, making improvements paid for with donations from OT staff and students and a significant grant from the School of Education.
The lab also now includes a high-end, ultralight rigid wheelchair and a mat table, thanks to donations from National Seating and Mobility, and Princeton Club. (right: a technician installs new lighting in room 2150)
The faculty of Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy elected OT Professor Dorothy Edwards to lead the department for the coming year. Ruth Benedict and Mary Schneider will serve as co-coordinators of the OT Program.
The OT Program hosted a two-day occupational justice community event on April 12-13. Frank Kronenberg, an international lecturer and author of Occupational Therapy without Borders, headlined the event.
Kronenberg inspired the audience with his vision to enact social changes and expand peoples' opportunities for dignified full daily lives. He shared his own work bringing theater to street children in South America, to enable them safe ways of earning a living and promote their transition into stable homes.
He also described his latest project, uBuntourism. This includes “reverse tourism” – bringing black South Africans to visit tourist destinations in their own country with visiting tourists. In turn, the visitors are welcomed to local villages. In one event that was covered internationally, an Irish soccer team toured a local labor museum.
Kronenberg described how some of the visitors were moved to tears by the pictures of laborers crowded in small huts. They said that this history resonated with their parents’ experiences as laborers. After this, the Irish soccer team played the local team – an event that many could never have imagined happening. Coming together around daily activities and across borders is central to the idea of occupational justice.
In the second day of the event, the occupational therapy program hosted a panel on “Politics of the possible: How we can change our local and global communities.” This event drew community members and students who listened to a panel describe their community action projects and then met in breakout groups to discuss participation in these or other projects.
The panel included: MSOT students Jen Barry and James Karpinen, who described their project to enhance the daily lives of orphans with disabilities in Peru; Jackie Moeser, of Common Threads, who described her work establishing a community-based treatment center for children with autism; UW Social Work Lecturer Susan Webster, who described her project to develop a coffee-growing program for people in Haiti; and MSOT student Jenny Skye, who described Medic, a no-cost local health care service.