Points of Pride​​​​​​​​

Occupational therapy program achievements:

  • Received full ten-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in 2013.
  • UF Occupational Therapy Program recipient of the 2015 Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Continuing Education Award.
  • The occupational therapy Adaptive Living House .
  • Dr. Mary Beth Dillon, Dr. Rosalie King, Dr. Tom Dillon, and Miranda Tippie received the 2014 Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA) Model Practice Award in Education.
  • Performance on National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification examination above the national average. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
  • Experienced and dedicated faculty with extensive clinical experience in a variety of practice areas; 80 percent doctorally prepared or in progress toward a terminal degree.
  • Community Involvement through courses, research, and grant activities

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Joe currently works third shift and has been sharing housing with a family member. His schedule means that he has limited time in the kitchen where he won’t wake up the household, so his “cooking” has consisted of grabbing a quick bite after work or eating whatever happens to be in the house. Plus, he shares that he never really learned any kitchen skills growing up and was scared to try and cook.

Last week, Joe and five other Getting Ahead graduates completed Getting FURTHER Ahead, a class that uses cooking, budgeting, meal planning and goal setting to help grads stretch themselves and what they have. For many grads, the idea of experimenting in the kitchen is filled with risk because there is no extra food to replace a failed recipe or to buy a new kitchen tool. This often leads to a reliance on pre-packaged food and little nutritional variety.

After completing the class, Joe says he feels like he can now try new things in the kitchen and make them taste good. He says, “For me, it was about gaining a new tool. I didn’t have that before and now I do. It’s nice to know I can cook!” He is preparing to move into his own place and is glad that he will be comfortable and confident in his very own kitchen and we can’t wait to see what he starts whipping up. Knowing Joe, we are prepared to be amazed by what he accomplishes with his new skills!

Many thanks to
The University of Findlay Occupational Therapy Program for helping Getting Ahead grads continue to build their resources and to the Halt Hunger Initiative for funding this year's classes.