School of Nursing Collaborates with OTC to Highlight Disability Event
Thanks to a collaborative effort between Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), students, staff and faculty at OTC had the opportunity to improve their understanding of disabilities through a simulated experience.
This past October, Georgia Southern faculty members Debra Hagerty, DNP, and Peggy Mossholder, Ph.D., from the School of Nursing teamed up with Sabrina Burns, the accessibility and special populations coordinator at OTC, to produce and highlight disabilities for OTC’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Hagerty and Mossholder brought eight disability simulation centers to OTC to provide attendees with a first-hand experience to the obstacles and issues an individual with disabilities may go through. Each center was managed by student and staff volunteers from OTC. The equipment and disability stations were supported through a grant that Hagerty previously received in 2020 from the Georgia Health Foundation.
“The event was a huge success and brought awareness of multiple disabilities such as stroke, dysphagia, visual and hearing impairments as well as arthritis and Parkinson’s tremor to the students, staff and faculty at Ogeechee Technical College,” stated Hagerty.