OT Students Gain Hands-On Experience at Services For Independent Living

Posted in Occupational Therapy

This semester, four selected occupational therapy students began a potentially years-long internship at Services for Independent Living (SIL) in Columbia as part of a unique new partnership between SIL and the OT department. These students work at SIL for about 10 hours a week, and their collective work fills the previous SIL role of Access Specialist. SIL’s mission is to “empower people with disabilities, seniors, and veterans to maximize their independence in the community.” SIL offers services that support this mission, and the Access Specialist role, now the OT interns’ main responsibility, is to consult with SIL clients and match them with assistive technology or other equipment that will help them live independently. It's a great match for occupational therapy. “People come in here, we get their story, we get their medical background, we get what they’re having trouble doing at home, and that’s the beginning of what you would...

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