Monday, February 8, 2010

More Costa Rica pics!

me and some students going on a coffee tour, which was VERY interesting, by the way. Did you know the coffee bean is actually a fruit?? I tasted's very good!

my third teacher and I

my second teacher, another student and I

the view from the school during class! Beautiful!

New Year's Eve...hanging out...

the common area in the school

my bedroom, it's messy I know!

my second teacher, another student and I

the common area in the school

As you can see, I'm posting pics a few at a time due to time constraints. It seems that my program has bumped it up a notch this semester and there is more to do than last semester. Or maybe I'm doing more to prepare for my classes so it seems like they bumped it up a notch. Either way, I'm often pressed for time! So enjoy these pics!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, My name is Keith Williams,from PA, and I found your blog through reading Karen's blog. It's great!

    I have had Arthrogryposis since birth, and use a motorized wheelchair. Your blog interests me for a couple reasons. First, I work for a Center for Independent Living, which is a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities. Part of my job involves public speaking about the need to remove architectural and attitudinal barriers, and I frequently guest lecture to undergrad and grad OT classes. We also collaborate on joint projects. One year, a group of seniors conducted accessibility surveys of polling sites to make recommendations for changes in time for the presidential election.

    Here's one that was fun: I met with a fairly small class of 5th year master's students. We divided them into pairs, and each pair would survey the accessibility of a restaurant of their choice. The kicker was that one student in each pair had to use a manual wheelchair, from the point of the parking lot to completion of the survey. They also had to check out restrooms. It was very enlightening!

    The second reason OT interests me is that I have OT students who are personal Care attendants. PA has a statewide program where a consumer can hire their own attendants after the consumer's been assessed for a certain number of hours of care per week. I've had students from a nearby university coming to my office at noon, weekdays, to help me with my lunch, for several years. They get paid, I get to eat, and they listen to my ramblings about disability issues. Seriously, they learn about my organization and our efforts.

    Anyway, enough of my rants. I'd like to hear your experiences with volunteering/working with people with any kind of disability, and what area you're interested in. Where do you go to school? What year in you in? Have a great weekend!