The Aaron W. Perlman Center (CCHMC) and Mad Kicks Cincinnati
EnableUC has begun a new project in collaboration with the Aaron W. Perlman Center for Cerebral Palsy at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center to adapt toys and certain devices for children with Cerebral Palsy. Very few toys for children are designed for those with Cerebral Palsy, using small buttons that are difficult for children to push, or lacking the necessary support to remain upright or in place for a child with motor difficulties. In addition, some devices are expensive, difficult to acquire, or poorly suited for a child's particular challenges. EnableUC will be modifying these toys and devices to better suit the needs of patients.
EnableUC has previously partnered with the Perlmann Center & the local nonprofit Mad Kicks Cincinnati to provide baskets for the gait trainers used by children at the Perlman Center. Learn more about the Perlman Center at their website, and Mad Kicks Cincinnati on their Facebook page
EnableUC is partnering with See3D, an organization that manages the "printing and distribution of 3D printed models for people who are blind" or have low vision. EnableUC will be 3D printing various learning and assistive models for individuals with blindness or low vision. These models are designed to be touched and played with, utilizing their shape and brail to inform the user about the model or it's subject. The prints will be donated to See 3D, who will distribute them to those in need. Learn more about See3D at their website
Cincinnati VA Hospital
EnableUC is excited to partner with the Occupational Therapy department at Cincinnati's VA Hospital to engineer assistive technology solutions for our nation's veterans. An EnableUC project team will be working with the OT team to design, model, and 3D print novel devices for addressing broad clinical needs, individualized solutions for VA patients, and modifications to existing devices & designs. The EnableUC team will also be providing support for the VA's own 3D printing service by training the VA's OT staff in 3D printing and by providing troubleshooting & maintenance as needed to keep their 3D printer at peak performance. Check out examples of assistive technology here, and learn more about the Cincinnati VA Medical Center at their website