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Senior Occupational Science students have been busy working to improve occupational participation for young adults with autism in Fayette County. Niki Sifri, Natalie Davis (librarian), Ayana Wheeler, Lee Lucia, Kiara Tasayco, Kayla Songstad , Tara Batus-Hood and Melanie Tyner-Wilson (Autism Society of the Blue Grass, not in photo) worked together to develop a “sensory friendly” environment within the library. After extensive research and collaborating, these students presented to Natalie Davis and other librarians. Within the presentation, they taught them about autism and the importance of sensory tools to allow those with autism to participate in community activities. At the end of their presentation, they provided specifics on the cost and where to purchase: fidget box, noise reducing headphones, wiggle seat, fidgeting foot bands and weighted vests/blankets. To their surprise and excitement, they received a message afterwards that all of the Fayette County libraries will be purchasing the recommended sensory tools. Congratulations on creating a sensory friendly environment within the Fayette County libraries for those with autism!

Sensory Library

 

Senior Occupational Science students have been busy working to improve occupational participation for older adults in Madison County. Angie Elkins (First Baptist Church Richmond), Whitney Housley, Hope Hicks Max Cundiff, Lauren Jude, Ashley Schneider and Mark Hopkins worked with Baptist Campus Ministry to develop a method to recruit younger volunteers for the Home Meals Delivery program https://www.facebook.com/HomeMealsDelivery/ After researching their current method of recruiting volunteers and learning the job requirements of the volunteers, they provided a resource list of where they could recruit younger volunteers and created a video demonstrating how to create electronic sign-up systems such as signupgenius and how to post on social media; such as Facebook. They are hopeful that this system will help Baptist Campus Ministry recruit younger volunteers to store and pack meals, and make home deliveries. Congratulations on helping those in the community who need meals provided to them!

Home Meals

 

Senior Occupational Science students have been busy working to improve occupational participation within the community. Haley Casper, Rachel Wilson, Hannah Floyd, Allyson DeRossett, Ciera Sizemore and Morgan Bill worked with God’s Outreach, and the Greek community to create an event that could occur annually to generate money to support God’s Outreach’s Backpack program http://godsoutreach.org/madison-county-backpack-program/ After successfully recruiting 71% of EKU sororities and 64% of the EKU fraternities to sell “God’s Outreach T-shirts” and collecting $580 for the Backpack program, a member of the Panhellenic board was willing to work with God’s Outreach to continue involving the Greek community in fundraising for them. Way to go!

God's Outreach

 

Senior Occupational Science students have been busy working to improve occupational participation for EKU students. Kaeleigh Gale, Mariah Farran (Colonel Cupboard Client Specialist), Curtis Goins, Dani Grever, Cortney Harris, Sarah Brooks and Taylor Grigsby worked with Colonel Cupboard https://www.alumni.eku.edu/s/1763/index.aspx… to reduce food insecurity among college students. Many students had been requesting recipes so that they can prepare the food provided to them. These students organized a “friendly competition” among classmates to develop recipes using the food within a box provided to students. As a result of this, they created a pdf cookbook that will be included in each food box and will be available on-line. Way to reduce one more barrier so EKU students can be successful!

Colonel's Cupboard

Published on May 24, 2018

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