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Ingrid M. Kanics, MOT, OTR/L, FAOTA

Ingrid M. Kanics Instructor Bio:
Ingrid is an occupational therapist who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together.

This journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from her injury. To reduce fatigue, she alternates her mobility between walking and rolling (in a wheelchair). When walking, she depends upon her right side for sensory information, and upon her left side for stability. This daily mental dance, her bi-mobility and other experiences related to her injury deeply influence her work of helping communities expand their understanding of inclusion for all.

Besides a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University, Ingrid has a Masters of Interior Architecture with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable design from Chatham University. She owns her own consulting business, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, focusing on the creation and operation of inclusive indoor and outdoor play spaces. Ingrid presents at local, state and national conferences on the topics of play, sensory processing and Universal Design.

Ingrid M. Kanics's Continuing Education Courses

Universal Design in Community Environments

Universal Design in Community Environments

Ultimately, the most successful spaces are those that provide users of all abilities a sense of safety, security and inclusion. These are the environments where true inclusion happens and community ownership is strong, resulting in a community… Read Morearrow_right

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Bringing Universal Design to Children’s Museums

Bringing Universal Design to Children’s Museums

Children’s museums are vibrant community facilities that provide families of all ages and abilities with a great place to play, learn, and grow together. In this course, participants will learn everything they wanted to know about children’s… Read Morearrow_right

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Using Your Local Children’s Museum for Therapy

Using Your Local Children’s Museum for Therapy

What better place to work on therapy goals than in a children’s museum? These great community assets are designed with child development in mind and are extremely motivating for all children regardless of their abilities. In this course… Read Morearrow_right

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