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Plummer Presents in Singapore at Abilities Expo

Plummer helps a man with cerebral palsy use a wheelchair during his first time out of his home in 35 years.

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Teresa Plummer recently traveled to Singapore where she was one of 11 presenters at the country’s inaugural Abilities Expo. The event attracted nearly 1,500 people including those with disabilities, their families and caregivers from countries throughout the Far East. The three-day event featured workshops, a sports carnival and exhibits dedicated to providing solutions to enhance quality of life for the disabled.

Plummer presented three scheduled workshops during the Expo, including a session on aging, another on the U.S. model of occupational therapy and a third on wheelchair seating assessment and prescription that was presented in collaboration with Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists. Plummer also was asked to conduct a workshop for occupational therapy professionals in attendance.

Tim Xu Tianma, the principal occupational therapist from Thye Hua Kwan (Moral Charities), presents Plummer with a gift for visiting and teaching the Singapore Occupational Therapy Community.

“Persons with disabilities in Far Eastern counties are isolated because of cultural norms, so for many this was their first opportunity to attend such a public gathering of the disabled community,” she said. “It was a privilege to be part an event which provided such new and unique experiences for those who participated.”

Plummer has over 35 years of occupational therapy experience. She practices at the Monroe Carrel Children’s Hospital of Vanderbilt Hospital and Vanderbilt Medical Center in the pediatric and adult wheelchair clinics. She has presented nationally and internationally and is a renowned presenter in assistive technology, vision and posture and rehabilitation. Plummer teaches in the School of Occupational Therapy’s doctoral and master’s programs.

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