MU Students Lend a Helping Hand

                More than 20 students from the University of Missouri’s Department of Occupational Therapy cleaned and assessed assistive technology equipment recently at BCFR’s new storage unit behind the Atkins Building on Wilkes Boulevard. The equipment is part of the Assistive Technology Exchange Program sponsored by the Friends of BCFR.

     Giulianne Krug, Clinical Associate Professor at MU’s OT department, said the project provided students with a hands-on experience, which are limited at the OT program.

     “Projects like this give them an opportunity to learn more about what occupational therapists do and the equipment we use with people of all ages,” Krug said.

     Krug assessed more than two dozen wheelchairs, standers, shower chairs, gait trainers, adaptive strollers and tricycle. The students took turns observing her as pointed out nuances of the equipment. Krug hopes the project becomes a regular part of the OT students’ educational experience.

     “To be able to provide a service whole learning at the same is invaluable,” she said.  

      The ATEP is an online database of assistive technology equipment and devices that are available to individuals in need in central Missouri. The view equipment, visit the agency’s website at www.bcfr.org and click on “Assistive Technology” on the blue menu bar.