The Sew-Op competed in UAB’s 2015 Community Health Innovation Awards and was awarded $13,000 to develop a sewing training that prepares trainees to take on piece-work and small-batch manufacturing jobs. As of November 2016, the pilot is complete and four trainees have become proficient on sewing machines donated by the Wisconsin-based organization, The Sewing Machine Project. The Sew-Op received funds through AL Power's ELEVATE granting process to train twice as many people in 2017 and will add alterations to the skills taught. During Year 1 of the training, four trainees made ten therapy tools for the Occupational Therapists (OTs) of UAB Highlands' Acute Care for Elders unit. The OTs developed a prototype of a tool for use with patients with dementia.
More information on Year 1 and Year 2 coming soon. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.