Dr. Teresa Plummer, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, CEAS, CAPS was nominated and selected among more than 70 therapists across the globe to be a member of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals Educators Training Package Consortium.
As a mandate from the World Health Organization, occupational therapy and physical therapy programs are encouraged to increase the learning opportunities for knowledge related to wheelchair service and delivery. Few resources exist in low income and middle income countries. The outcome of the ISWP project will create learning resources for all socioeconomic levels.
This committee of 30 individuals from all continents will create learning modules that can be delivered virtually to universities through virtual means. The goal is to enhance the knowledge and skills base of students, but also allow students to engage in tele-health, international cohort groups and inter-professional groups.
In addition to serving on the development of learning resources, Dr. Plummer will also chair the research component of this group. The group will engage in a participatory action research model of data collection to empower all stakeholders to contribute to a meaningful and measurable outcome. The project will be spearheaded by Dr. Paula Rushton, PhD, OT, an associate professor at the University of Montreal. Dr. Plummer will serve the full two year term and complete this work in addition to her full teaching load in the School of Occupational Therapy at Belmont.