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Occupational Therapist Students are Learning Assistive Technology with Help from MobilityWorks

MobilityWorks Teaching OT students Assistive Technology

Becoming an Occupational Therapist is no easy task. It typically requires at least six years of college with in-depth medical courses and training. Once they graduate, Occupational Therapists spend their career assisting patients recovering from a physical illness or injury, to help them achieve the highest level of mobility possible. As part of their training, Occupational Therapy students are learning how assistive technology can help aide the patients they will serve one day.

MobilityWorks own Regional Marketing Manager, Craig Harlow, has been teaching Assistive Technology classes around the Philadelphia area since 2011. Every semester, Craig teaches a guest course at Temple University and The University of the Sciences on wheelchair accessible equipment. He brings in both rear entry and side entry accessible minivans and demonstrates how each different style of ramp operates. Students also hear from a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) about the training and certification that is required for someone to learn how to drive with hand controls.

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Test Drive an Accessible Van at the Orlando PVA Spring Splash

Join MobilityWorks at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) of Central Florida’s Spring Splash, and test drive a new accessible vehicle. The Spring Splash will feature food trucks, a water slide, games and t-shirt painting. It will be held at the PVA chapter office located 2711 S Design Ct, Sanford, Florida 32773 on April 7th from 11 am to 3 pm.

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Ohio Masonic Home Helps Cleveland Family Purchase a New Accessible Van

When George came into MobilityWorks in Akron, OH on a brisk March morning, he had no idea his family was there to take home a new wheelchair accessible van. The enthusiastic nine-year-old was ecstatic to learn that they would be leaving their older Dodge Grand Caravan behind and trading it in for a new one. Over the past year the Glaros family has been raising money to purchase an accessible vehicle and when the Ohio Masonic Home found out about their story, they stepped in to help.

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United States Paralympic Team Wins Overall Medal Count!

The 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang were filled with exciting moments, many of which were delivered by athletes representing Team USA. In total, athletes from the United States brought home 36 medals, 13 of which were gold. The United States jumped out to an early lead, and finished 12 medals ahead of second place “Neutral Paralympics Athletes”, which was made up of qualifying athletes from Russia.

One of the first events on the schedule was Alpine Skiing, which helped propel the US team to an early lead. Andrew Kurka won two medals, a gold in Men’s Downhill Sitting and a silver at the Super-G event. Tyler Walker added a silver medal in Slalom, and Laurie Stephens brought home the bronze in the Women’s Downhill.

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Team IMPACT is Looking for Courageous Kids to Partner with College Sports Teams

Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization based out of Quincy, Massachusetts that pairs children who have serious or chronic illnesses with college sports teams across the country. To date, they have matched over 1,400 kids with athletic teams at 500 colleges in 48 states. Team IMPACT currently has over 1,200 college teams that are ready and waiting to “draft” a new kid to their team.

Founded in 2011 by a group of Tufts University alumni, including Board Co-Chairs Dan Kraft and Jay Calnan, Team IMPACT’s mission is to allow children to gain strength and support by forming life-long relationships with collegiate teams and their athletes. Once a child is paired with a team, they have their official “Draft Day” where they sign a letter of intent and officially join the program.

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