DEDICATED TO RAISING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC THROUGH EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION
Through our annual lecture series, we match the knowledge of American healthcare providers to the needs of Dominican healthcare providers and families in order to provide in-depth education and clinical skill training and raise the knowledge and quality of care of Dominican providers. Exchanges have included physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, special education teachers, medical translators, assistive technology professionals, dietitians and hospital administrators.
We help raise the quality of life for children and their families by providing customized wheelchairs to meet each individual child’s need. Donated wheelchairs and equipment are collected and shipped to the Dominican Republic. During distribution therapists and assistive technology professionals are teamed up with a Dominican counterpart to evaluate the needs of each child. The team works together to configure and assemble a wheelchair from the donations to meet the specific needs of each child and the family.
This assembly center is located at the Dominican headquarters for Mission Emanuel. Here less resourced wheelchairs are assembled by local Dominican workers, some with physical disabilities of their own. These wheelchairs are distributed by a Mission Emanuel staff throughout the year to help provide the ongoing and continuous mobility needs.
Laura works as a physical therapist at Children’s Health in Dallas, TX. She assures tasks have timelines that are met, organizes logistics for the annual October trip, connects volunteers with project needs, and supports and manages communication for trips.
Anna works as a physical therapist at Children’s Health in Dallas, TX intermittently but spends most of her time at home with her 2 kids. Anna’s vision for this project began in 2006 when she was on Mission Emmanuel summer staff and it has evolved into an ongoing relationship with Dominican rehabilitation centers. She maintains partnership relationships with each of our teaching sites.
Deanna is a physical therapist and assistive technology professional and seating mobility specialist Children’s Health in Dallas, TX. She is a lead therapist for the hospital’s mobility and equipment clinic. She directs all the projects related to the wheelchair distribution.