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Residency Project Takes OT Alumna to Peru

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAs part of her residency project for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program, alumna Mary Beth Long (’13) worked with Eleanore’s Project, a non-profit organization focused on ergonomically appropriate wheelchair provision and education for families and clinicians in Peru. She traveled to Lima, Arequipa and Cusco to participate in the Eleanore’s Project wheelchair clinics to provide education and 95 properly-fitted wheelchairs for children and families throughout Peru.

“As a student, I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing project and so thankful for the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of Peruvian professionals and American professionals who are experts in the field of wheelchair seating. I now feel more confident in my skills to evaluate a client, suggest appropriate seating components, and adjust the wheelchair as needed,” Long said. “The stories and hands-on experiences from the last two weeks will always hold a special place in my heart. At the end of the day, when you receive the hugs, smiles, tears, and see the happiness on the families and child’s face you know the challenges, hard work, time, and sweat was well worth it. The last two weeks has taught me more about the occupational therapy profession, wheelchair seating, and myself than any classroom experience could have taught me.  This unique experience has provided me with valuable knowledge and relationships that I will cherish forever.”

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