Students at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School learned more about living with physical disabilities through a unique exercise conducted by graduate students from the University of Indianapolis’ nationally recognized School of Occupational Therapy.
Nearly 40 UIndy students were at Brebeuf, running five successive classes of high school freshmen through a 10-station course that simulated various disabilities. For example, the teens used wheelchairs and performed tasks while wearing eyeglasses that impaired vision or with one arm tied back to simulate the effects of stroke.
The event was designed to help the younger students understand and empathize with the hardships faced by the disabled, in preparation for future service projects. UIndy's OT program has conducted such events at Brebeuf since the early 1990s.