This is a Global Service Learning Project in which students are able to do hands-on research and see their research making a big difference in the lives of specific children with disabilities. The research and intercultural experience makes a positive impact in many of the students’ lives. You can read some of their comments here and research on the benefits of this experience here (and to GSL research paper).
The research is also making a difference on a global scale. We're partnering with Bethany Kids Relief and Rehabilitation Internationalin Kenya. We’ve been able to give feedback to Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Hope Haven International and Joni and Friends, and we’re planning to do so for Whirlwind and Motivation Worldmade.
Wheels is also working with US therapists who travel with us, and spend time working with and training the young Kenyan PT and OT working for by Bethany Kids in Joytown, Kenya. In the process of this study, the Wheels team will do what we can to facilitate additional training for these wonderful therapists.
The study protocol has been approved by LeTourneau University, Queens University and Bethany Kids Relief and Rehabilitation International, and all appropriate approvals have been obtained including subject consent forms and media consent forms. Letters of approval have been obtained from the Kenyan Ministry of Health.
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The Wheels project is a low budget enterprise funded largely by donations. With your help we can make a difference to children in wheelchairs at Joy Town and around the world.