The contribution will be noted during the annual fall conference for the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association Sept. 27-28 in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Science and Medicine Building on the Vermillion campus of The University of South Dakota.

The association donated funding toward the purchase of the Dynavision 2000 Light Training Board, which helps people improve visual and motor function loss from an injury or disease. Students will train on the Dynavision in class and then the equipment will be used to help patients seen by faculty and staff of the OT department.

A ceremony thanking the association will be held Sunday morning. More than 80 occupational therapists and students in the field are expected to attend the conference, which will include a splinting workshop as well as a range of other educational sessions on Saturday. Sunday will feature two addresses, including one by Julie Kalahar, a licensed occupational therapist who received her master’s degree from USD. She is now the director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D.

Occupational therapy is a skilled intervention that helps people lead independent, productive lives at work and at home. They work with people who experience a mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling condition. U.S. News and World Report recently listed occupational therapy as one of the best careers of 2008.

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