Accessible Playground Opens

The OT Center at Jefferson in Second Life celebrated the opening of its new accessible playground with a 3 hour event led by Graduate Assistants Sweeney Jigsaw, Lynnze  Inglewood, Angelica Tremmor, Bodi MacIntire, and Zunie Miggins on December 17, 2009. The playground consists of stations illustrating ways to provide opportunities for children with and without disabilities to play with one another. Each station is based on research evidence on the particular type of adaptation, and visitors can access additional information about the adaptations through a special wiki the student created.  The playground is a unique exhibit at the Center as it was the first that was conceptualized and implemented almost entirely by the graduate student group. Nice job, all!

Graduate assistants and visitors to the accessible playground

4 grad students present Second Life exhibits

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From left: Jaime, Maureen, Luz, and Greg

On December 7, 4 graduate students from the occupational therapy program at Jefferson School of Health Professions presented their final Masters projects. All projects were part of the development of the Healthy Aging exhibit, covering Living with Diabetes (Greg Crawford), Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (Luz Hincapie), Healthy Caregiving (Jaime Stover), and Healthy Hearts (Maureen Coleman). Congratulations to all on their fine work!

The Healthy Aging exhibit will be part of a research study on use of virtual worlds to educate older adults about strategies for promoting health as one grows older. Recruitment of participants is expected to begin in January 2010, after further refinement of exhibit displays and format.