APRIL 26, 2021 – TMI Episcopal announced today that it will be partnering with the Department of Occupational Therapy at UT Health San Antonio during the 2021-2022 school year. Students enrolled in TMI’s Innovation & Design classes will be working with the Occupational Therapy doctoral students at UT Health to bring functional products to members of the San Antonio community who need them most.
Using human-centered design principles, TMI students will design, prototype, and test products that make the lives of those who are differently abled easier. The students’ first project will be developing an electric car that infants and toddlers with limited mobility can control. TMI students will be designing and manufacturing a way for the children to be properly supported and secured while driving the car. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what amazing things our students will come up with and excited for the great opportunities our relationship with UT Health will bring,” said Justin Kutscherousky, Dean of Innovation at TMI.
The partnership between TMI’s Innovation & Design students and UT Health’s Occupational Therapy doctoral students “will be a rich exchange for both groups. They will learn from each other, they will work as a group, they will solve a problem and deliver a final product to a child with special needs,” said Dr. Ana Allegretti, PhD, OTR, ATP, Department of Occupational Therapy Assistant Professor at UT Health. “I want to share with this young generation what Occupational Therapy is about.”
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Founded in 1893, TMI Episcopal is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12, with optional Junior ROTC and boarding programs. For information, visit www.tmi-sa.org or call 210-698-7171.