Trisha Wilkie, PTS '13

Trisha received the Sara Hopkins-Powell Endowed Scholarship. In August 2012, Trisha will begin an eight-week internship at the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Athlone School was established to educate blind and visually impaired children and has recently expanded to include students with other physical and cognitive disabilities. It is a highly specialized school and serves students from all over South Africa and Namibia. The main mission of the school is to provide disabled and underprivileged children the necessary tools to live and work independently. Due to the history of the region, serving the underprivileged means that the student body is made up mostly of children of color along with a few white students from urban Cape Town. The facilities at the Athlone School for the Blind include an interprofessional clinic that provides social, psychological, and medical services. In this clinic, Trisha will help students work through physical barriers to learning so they can be academically successful. She will also work with them to develop strategies and skills to function at their best in their daily lives outside of a school setting.

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