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Adapting for Accessibility

It was an aha moment when Bill Janes, a faculty member in the occupational therapy department, learned about Go Baby Go, a national network of students and professionals who modify ride-on toy cars for toddlers with limited mobility. “I realized this is why I became an OT, both because of how the kids responded to Go Baby Go and how it brought out a maker tendency in me,” Janes says. “I like to fix things and make them better for people.”  Janes established Mizzou’s Go Baby Go chapter, a campuswide collaboration that includes students in OT, art, physical therapy and engineering. “I walked into a situation where tons of people were already motivated and had secured funding from Pascale’s Pals, so we were able to just take off,” he says. Janes also leads a team of occupational therapists who design and adapt dozens of practical devices for patients at Mizzou’s...

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