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Occupational Therapy Program Student Activities
SUNY Downstate's Occupational Therapy Student Activities club is dedicated to serving the OT student body by running a variety of events throughout the year that are educational, extracurricular, and benefit the community, such as:
Studying and reaching out to the community.
National Backpack Awarness Day
Annually, students from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program participate in Backpack Awareness Day in public schools across Brooklyn. After teaching children the tenets of safe backpack use by using fun and interactive trivia, games, and skits, occupational therapy students hold a backpack weigh-in to determine if each student’s backpack meets weight guidelines.
This local effort is part of National School Backpack Awareness Day events sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association and held around the country, to educate children, parents, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.
For more information, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National School Backpack Awareness Day web site »
Capitol Hill Day & NYSOTA Lobby Day
To advocate for the profession, students from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Occupational Therapy program attend the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Capitol Hill Day in Washington D.C. and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) Lobby Day in Albany, N.Y.
For more information, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Hill Day web site »
Or join the New York State Occupational Therapy Association Lobby Day Facebook page »
Triwall Project at UCP Brooklyn
Each year, as part of their course related to designing and customizing positioning systems and environments for people with disabilities, the occupational therapy students at SUNY Downstate fabricate a variety of seating and standing positioners for children with physical disabilities who receive services at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP Brooklyn). Faculty member, Margaret Kaplan, Ph.D., OTR, coordinates this event. Students work collaboratively with occupational therapists and special educators at UCP Brooklyn, who have identified children who would benefit from specialized equipment to improve their function and posture in the wheelchair, or enable them to stand, sit on the floor, or sit at a child-height-table. Triwall is a heavy cardboard material that is inexpensive, yet durable. It is an ideal material for fabricating equipment for growing children, who will need new equipment on an annual basis.