On The air
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Lindsey Bean-Kampwerth, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist currently serving as the Director of Assistive Technology at Paraquad, a nonprofit organization established 47 years ago with the mission to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. Lindsey graduated with a doctorate in occupational therapy in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis and began working at Paraquad in 2009. Outside of Paraquad, she volunteers as co-manager for the local wheelchair rugby team, is married, and has two children and a dog.
Aimee Wehmeier is the third President and CEO in Paraquad’s history. The agency, which is one of the first Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in the country, annually serves more than 3,000 people with all types of disabilities through 20 programs. Aimee joined Paraquad after serving in the same role at Services for Independent Living (SIL)—the Columbia, MO, equivalent of Paraquad—for seven years. She serves on the Missouri State Rehabilitation Council, the Missouri Foundation for Health Advisory Committee, Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee, Fontbonne College of Education & Allied Health Professions Executive Advisory Board, MO Better Advisory Committee, Diversity Awareness Partnership Board, and the Regional Chamber of Commerce Board. A recipient of the 2010 Missouri Governor’s Council on Disabilities Inclusion Award and the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leaders’ Award, Aimee has been described as “the face of disability.” She has a passion for public policy, advocacy, and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. Employment and economic self-sufficiency are her highest priorities.
On this episode, Lindsey and Aimee talk about the mission and efforts of Paraquad, including the heath and wellness center, the Bloom Cafe, and the role each plays within the organization.
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Connect via email with Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org and with Aimee at email@example.com.
"Nothing great ever came from comfort zones."
Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist licensed in the state of California who practices in skilled nursing facilities. Bill specializes in the subject of autism and connecting with others via social media, passions that stem from his diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome which first came to light in 2010. He has presented internationally at occupational therapy conferences and is the first OT practitioner to have done two TEDx talks. Bill also has a passion for leadership in OT; he currently serves within the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) community of leaders and as the Representative Assembly (RA) Representative #2 from California.
On this episode, Bill shares about his path into the field of OT, challenges and successes he has experienced in pursuing his aspirations as a leader in the field of OT, and his work in connecting with others on social media and as a TEDx speaker.
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The host of the On The Air podcast, I have practiced as an occupational therapist for over 25 years and am an OT educator specializing in ed tech and instructional design.