The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at the Tampa campus of Keiser University, located at 5002 W. Waters Ave., was recently the recipient of a generous donation from ABC Appliances & Services of a washer and dryer.

This donation is meaningful to the program because the students will use the washer and dryer to simulate how to get the close in and out while having a disability.  They may be using a walker or a wheelchair, which is very challenging. This will help the students learn what it may be like to help someone make adaptions in their home so they can independently do their own laundry.

“The Occupational Therapy Assistant program tries to focus on presenting scenarios in as much of a ‘real life’ experience as possible while in the classroom,” shared Stephanie Adams, MHS, OTR/L and OTA Program Director.  “Empowerment is the key to success for an occupational therapist.”

The donation from ABC Appliances & Services resulted from two staff members from the KU Tampa campus who knew of the need and how it would benefit the students in their lab work, so they made the outreach effort on behalf of the program.