Hello! Nice to meet you! We’re Anna and Emily and we are two friends and occupational therapists from Canada and the USA. We spend our everyday lives working with people, figuring out ways that they can do the things they want, need, and love to do - we look at ways that people can pivot, recover and grow, how we can adapt the activity, and how our world contributes to a person’s experience with doing.
Ep. 15. Golf and ParaGolf with Tanelle Bolt
In our final episode, we are joined by Tanelle Bolt, found of RAD Recreation Adapted Society, Soulfly Experiences, and Pro Tips for Paras. Sustaining a spinal cord injury when adventuring with friends in Port Renfrew, Tanelle found limited options in the community for adventuring and recreating, so she decided to start up RAD Recreation Adapted Society. On a mission to establish gear boxes across Canada and map out resources, places to find adventure toys, and programs where everyone can play their way together.
Growing up, Tanelle loved golf and when she was injured, she looked for ways to play and found the paragolfer. In this episode, she chats about golf, what's happening with paragolf, how the game is evolving, and accessible golf courses.
Connect with Tanelle and support opportunities for people to play their way through:
RAD Recreation Adapted Society
Pro Tips for Paras
Ep. 14: Jeanne & Music
In our latest episode, we chat with Jeanne Eichler about music, the arts community, and thoughts on community and connection during and beyond COVID.
Ep.13: Technology Design For Belonging and Wellbeing
In today's episode, Dr. Rosalie Wang, an occupational therapist at the University of Toronto, joins me for a fun chat about technology, design, participation, and belonging in our communities. We talk about how technology can be both a bridge and a divider. What occupational therapists can do in the tech arena, how tech could be made accessible and inclusive, and how it's important to include disabled people and older adults at the table when we're designing technology so that we can all use it in our day-to-day lives.
You can follow Rosalie on Twitter (@RosalieWangOT) and find out more about her research here: https://ot.utoronto.ca/about/core-faculty/rosalie-wang/
Ep. 12: A Realtor OT: Accessible Homes in Your Community
Join Anna and Emily as we have a conversation with Gretchen Kingma about her role as an occupational therapist and realtor.
Gretchen Kingma, OTR, CAPS, ECHM, and REALTOR©️, is an occupational therapist in Missouri, USA who has gone into real estate full time and has successfully carved out a market niche serving individuals with accessibility-specific and aging-in-place needs.
In this episode, we talk about:
What a Realtor OT (trademark pending) is and how Gretchen brought occupational therapy and real estate services together to promote accessible communitiesfinding accessible homes during COVIDAdvocating for accessible design in building codes
Learn more from Gretchen:
She is offering an upcoming course for occupational therapists who are interested in learning more about working in the real estate field and helping people find accessible homes in their communities. Registration is here: OT to RE webinar
Ep. 11: Technology and Interdependence
Today, Anna chats with Emma Smith, PhD., about some of our favourite things: assistive technology, policies, and interdependence.
everyone using assistive technologies every dayaccess to assistive technologiesinterdependence and its relation to assistive technology and communitycommunity mobility and accessibility - things to consider to design community spaces that everyone can use
To learn more about Emma and her research and projects, check out: https://emmamariasmith.ca/
Ep 10. Arts & Wellbeing
In this episode, Isabel Fryszberg, a leader in arts-based occupational therapy in Canada, chats with Anna about how she has used the arts to co-create community, build belonging, promote occupational justice, and facilitate wellbeing. We discuss the privilege that is often associated with the arts and the importance of breaking down barriers to accessing the arts. Coming into occupational therapy with a visual arts background and inspired by the Living Museum, Isabel lead the creation of the Creative Works Studio, an art studio to promote wellbeing amongst people living with mental illness in inner city Toronto. Through the Creative Works studio, people discovered their love of art, that they could do it, and some became working artists. Co-designed with members of the studio, 'What's Art Got to Do With It' was born as a way to share knowledge about the impact of the arts on wellbeing and, as a valued occupation, how engagement in the arts can be transformative and enable people to realise their possibilities. Most importantly, we can start doing the arts at any age - we don't need to be good to experience joy doing artistic occupations, and if we want to, we can practice to become skilled.
Isabel's website: https://www.isabelfryszberg.com/
What's Art Got to Do With It Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_q7bzdl4cA
The Living Museum: https://untappedcities.com/2019/03/25/go-inside-the-living-museum-at-creedmoor-psychiatric-center-in-queens/
The Creative Works Studio: http://creativeworks-studio.ca/site/
Facebook group for occupational therapists interested in bringing arts-based occupations into practice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2506275573029276