Dr. Barco directs the Driving and Community Mobility Laboratory. This scholarly experience gives students interested in fitness to drive the opportunity to work with medically challenged individuals including older adults with dementia, stroke, Parkinson disease and visual disorders. Dr. Barco has a variety of potential projects in the lab focused on the IADL of driving and community mobility. She is also developing a student-run driving assessment program within WUOT. As part of this clinic, students will be trained in the provision of standardized, evidenced-based vision, cognitive and motor assessments to clients seeking a driving assessment.
Students in this lab will become familiar with the role of occupational therapy in determining fitness to drive. Projects involve a review of pertinent literature related to their unique interest and can be clinic- or research-focused depending on the student’s individual goals. Students should be comfortable working individually as well as with student partners on projects.
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Current, future, and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.
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