12 December 2016
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Departments celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities
In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences /Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Departments, in cooperation with LIFEGATE Rehabilitation, held a Disability Awareness & Adaptive Equipment Exhibition Day on December 8th 2016. The day was organized to raise awareness about people with disabilities and the challenges and difficulties they face in their daily lives. Students from both departments set up stations around campus to present about different illnesses and therapeutic interventions in their fields. Occupational Therapy students ran booths where they explained about and allowed visitors to experience Mental Health symptoms, Parkinson's disease symptoms, Sensory Processing Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder symptoms, and Ergonomics, among other issues. Physiotherapy students presented videos and physical therapy interventions for certain conditions and syndromes such as tennis elbow and neck pain and the text neck syndrome. They also had the chance to present their projects from the Adaptive Equipment course where groups of students had to create medical equipment from recycled material to offer a cheaper alternative to expensive equipment used for rehabilitation from a disease or an injury. The equipment made by students was later donated to individuals or organizations. Students created equipment including a Parallel Bar Glider, a Finger Exerciser, a Posturite Board, and, most notably, a Standing Motorized Wheelchair. The exhibitions went on for two hours and were appreciated by students, staff, and visitors from outside the University.