Trainees' Experiences Learning the Inclusive Impacts of Providing Wheelchair and Prosthetic Assistive Technology in a Global Health Setting

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Poster Symposium: Engagement of Trainees and Community Members
2015 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Conference
Washington, DC
November 16, 2015

Casey Primeau and Mumina Obeid, Trainees - Sonoran UCEDD
Lynne Tomasa, MSW, PhD - Sonoran UCEDD
Burris Duncan, MD - Sonoran UCEDD - ARSOBO
Tracy Caroll, PT, MPH - University of Arizona, Family & Community Medicine

Sonoran UCEDD trainees found a unique setting to learn about assistive technology and global health through involvement in initiatives at ARSOBO (Arizona Sonora Border), a social business employing individuals to construct medical devices that they themselves use (wheelchairs, prosthetics, and hearing aids). Trainees learned about the impacts of the assistive technology and collaborated with a variety of professionals, gaining mentorship and exposure to a foreign culture.