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Dr. Fred Sammons

The Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupation Based Technology at Western Michigan University celebrates the legacy of Dr. Fred Sammons, an occupational therapist, who is well known around the world for his exemplary contributions as an inventor, businessman, entrepreneur, clinician, educator and philanthropist. 

Request for proposals
Requesting award proposals from innovators with ideas for designs for occupation-based technology to help people participate more effectively or independently. Deadlines Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 1 each year.

News and announcements

Grant funds collaboration to develop Web-based app
The latest Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupational Based Technology grant was awarded to Dr. Ann Chapleau, associate professor of occupational therapy at WMU, and Dr. Ala Al-Fuqaha, professor of computer science at WMU. Chapleau and Al-Fuqaha are partnering to develop a mobile and Web-based application for Goal Attainment Scaling, a method of measuring individual and program goal attainment. 

Grant recipient’s innovation selected for OT curriculum
The first Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupational Based Technology grant was awarded this year to Carolyn Sithong, chief health officer of Home for Life Design, a leader in home assessment software for students, professionals, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

Sammons Center logoWinner of Sammons Center logo design announced
Sara Theisen created the winning submission in the Sammons Center logo contest.