From Mary Beth

As a student, I am blessed to be a part of this project and so thankful for the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of Peruvian professionals and American professionals who are experts in the field of wheelchair seating. I now feel more confident in my skills to evaluate a client, suggest appropriate seating components, and adjust the wheelchair as needed. The stories and hands-on experiences from the last two weeks will always hold a special place in my heart. At the end of the day, when you receive the hugs, smiles, tears, and see the happiness on the families and child’s face you know the challenges, hard work, time, and sweat was well worth it! The last two weeks has taught me more about the occupational therapy profession, wheelchair seating, and myself than any classroom experience could have taught me. This unique experience has provided me with valuable knowledge and relationships that I will cherish forever.

Sweet 2 yr. old Ivan was the first child I helped fit a Kid Kart for in Arequipa.

Sweet 2 yr. old Ivan was the first child I helped fit a Kid Kart for in Arequipa.

Helping teach Adriana to self propel. She was a pro after only ten minutes!

Helping teach Adriana to self propel. She was a pro after only ten minutes!

Daniela is a beautiful 11-year-old girl diagnosed with CP. Once in her chair she was ready to explore. She had a huge smile on her face and hugs for everyone!

Daniela is a beautiful 11-year-old girl diagnosed with CP. Once in her chair she was ready to explore. She had a huge smile on her face and hugs for everyone!

Collaborating with Enrique from the Lions Club in Arequipa.

Collaborating with Enrique from the Lions Club in Arequipa.

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