Students take a spin on occupational therapy equipment

At UWM on Mobility Technology Day, health sciences students sit in and drive a plethora of wheelchairs and other assistive power mobility devices to get hands-on experience.

Many of these students have never used such devices and will gain a higher level of empathy and skills through this lab experience. The students get to learn about this technology so they can help future patients and clients figure out the best equipment tailored for them and how to learn to use it safely. It helps them in their practices as they’re learning about becoming professional.

The course is a part of UWM’s Assistive Technology and Accessible Design Graduate Certificate program, one of the first accredited programs by the Committee on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Education.