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April 2014 - Posts

When OTs Wore White Shoes

Life as a Rural Occupational Therapist
April 28, 2014 9:15 AM by Debra Karplus
I've spent the majority of my OT years working in rural communities. Initially my work was in nursing homes. Later, my caseload shifted to group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. More recently, I worked for school cooperatives in rural Read More...
What Ever Happened to My Favorite Patients?
April 21, 2014 9:29 AM by Debra Karplus
I've been reading the obituaries in our local newspaper for a long time. Apparently, many people do the same. My early work was in nursing homes. When you work with a patient daily for thirty days, you get to know them and their families well by the time Read More...
The Evolution of Wheelchairs Goes Rolling Through Time
April 14, 2014 11:09 AM by Debra Karplus
The first time I ever saw a wheelchair may have been Raymond Burr (post Perry Mason) as the paraplegic Chief of Detectives in the TV show "Ironside" in the late 1960s. It wasn't until I was in occupational therapy school that I was really exposed to wheelchairs, Read More...
Electing a President with a Disability
April 7, 2014 10:57 AM by Debra Karplus
When I was born, Harry Truman was finishing his term as US President . Before Truman came one of America's most popular presidents, Franklin Roosevelt. FDR served from 1933 until his death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945, having been elected four terms, Read More...