Center Impressions

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Our newest fundraiser! Several times a year we will be offering our own rendition of a paint and sip class…

Center Happenings

Monday, July 11th, 2016

In April, we held the first ever Family Ability Day with Tulsa Parks! The goal of this event was to spread awareness of the adaptive sports we offer to the community. Here are some pictures of the event:

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Then in May, the Living Arts Tulsa Art Cars came to The Center for our members to see. It was a great break from the usual activities and the members loved picking out their favorite.

In addition to the cars visit, 6 Center Members were featured in the Living Arts “Seeking Shelter” exhibit in May AND another 11 members and 4 staff submitted their 5×5 canvas for the TAC gallery!

In June, we held our annual Performance Night here at The Center and many members showed off their artistic skills. From singing, to comedy we had a little bit of everything!

Also in June was our annual fundraiser The Center Polo Classic. Though it was hot, people came out in droves to support The Center and it was our most successful year yet! We are already planning for 2017 so plan to be a part next summer!

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Walking Tall

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Since you have received a newsletter from us last, there has been a lot of movement in The Center’s hall!

Earlier in the year, Center Member Gabby was selected to demonstrate how am Ekso bionic suit works and benefits individuals with spinal cord injuries or those recovering from a stroke. Gabby has used a wheelchair since she was the victim of a random shooting in 2011. This device gave her the opportunity to walk down the hall, and to shoot a basket from a standing position. Gabby said, “It’s an amazing feeling, being able to look you in the eye and talk to you.”

This incredible experience was in collaboration with the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City. Thank you to our Transition Services Coordinator Paige for making this happen for Gabby and for all the members this touched.

In March, a group of University of Tulsa mechanical engineering students created a “Swift Lift” machine for our members to use. Essentially, this machine is a moving standing frame! When the students came to present the device to us they sported their “Get Centered” shirts as they assisted Center Member Patrick walking down the hall.

We are so grateful for the opportunities we get to collaborate with other organizations in the community to better serve our members. They also provide us avenues to spread awareness of the unique services we provide to those with physical disabilities. For more on these stories, click the below links:

Engineering students design mobility device for Tulsans

http://www.newson6.com/story/31681100/new-technology-helps-tulsa-woman-stand-walk

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