PET cited by United Methodist Task Force on Disability Ministries

From the February 2012 Newsletter:

“Jody participated in a church mission trip to Cameroon where she fit children and adults with PET (Personal Energy Transportation) mobility devices.  These are wooden carts with large wheels that are operated by hand cranks attached to bicycle gears.  PET devices are effective in many terrains where standard wheelchairs won’t work.  (The program was started by UM Rev. Mel West of Columbia, MO.) Jody adjusted the seats and trained recipients to get into and out of the carts.  She used her OT knowledge to teach other persons with disabilities, for instance a woman with back pain made worse by leaning forward to do most of her household chores on the ground.  Others had been paralyzed by strokes.  Jody found people receptive to simple ideas that made their lives easier. ”

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