Success Stories

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Maker Spotlight: Garry Bartsch

May 12, 2021

Garry Bartsch is an inventor like his father before him. “That’s in my blood, I guess. I’ve always liked drawing things, and I’ve always liked designing things, and it’s been a hobby — it’s enjoyable, but it’s also useful to me.”

As a C5-C6 quadriplegic, 3D printing gives Garry an avenue to create.

Over 80 switches laid out on a table

OT Students Make Over 80 Switches in Western University Build

April 29, 2021

The Makers Making Change chapter in Southern Ontario held a successful first build event at Western University on March 24.Forty Occupational Therapy students at Western participated in the build, each making at least one raindrop switch and a light touch switch — over 80 switches.

A man in a wheelchair plays video games with friends using assistive technology.

Chapter Highlight: Shepherd Center

April 29, 2021

“The [Makers Making Change] mission aligns so well with Shepherd’s mission, it just seemed like a really natural fit,” says chapter leader Kristen Webber, a dual spinal cord and brain injury specialist and currently an Inpatient Therapy Manager in Sheperd’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

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