Flan has a job! I have research experience! And news from today.

Lots of things to share with you today!

Flan has a job.

In the space of two days, Flan received two job offers. Listening to his personal OT, he chose the one that would give him a better quality of life, even though they offered him less money. (He’ll still be earning more than I’ll be any time soon…)

I’m still looking for one. There seems to be a sudden drop in OT jobs on offer in Oxfordshire. I’ve just found an administrative position within the Oxford Wheelchair Services though, which I think might be a good starting point. Sure, it’s only a Band 3 position, but if I want to work in high-tech assistive technology one day, a good place to start is becoming familiar with wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are a form of assistive technology, and people who use wheelchairs will often use assistive technology. It’ll be a good learning opportunity, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll need a Band 5 OT in the near future, and then I can maybe get promoted to that.

In the meantime, I’ve been helping out with my university’s Japanese visitors and conducting a one-day research project.

Postgraduate nursing and occupational therapy students from Japan’s Tokyo Metropolitan University have been visiting Oxford the past few weeks to learn English and gain international collaborative research experience. They’ve been working with a handful of first year OT students (almost second year now) this week. The local OT students are getting a head start on their peers and learning about different research methods; the Japanese students are already familiar with research methods – but only in Japanese. I was asked to come on board because of my familiarity with Japanese culture, and because I’m a computer wizard.

Today involved me being on data duty, inputting data from the demographic questionnaires and post-VR experience questionnaires. I got my first taste of being on the researchers’ side of the fence, dealing with participant codes and confidentiality forms. It was great fun, and I enjoyed comparing pre- and post-experience opinions on how virtual reality could be used in rehabilitation, particularly with the elderly. Just looking at the average scores for these questions, I could see that the experience of using the VR technology positively altered students’ opinions on whether it could be used for rehabilitation.

Now, to finish off, some…

Interesting news articles

Ofsted warns that disabled children are more vulnerable to neglect and abuse.

Computers may be diagnosing your diseases in the near future.

Tony Nicklinson dies days after losing his ‘right to die’ case. (More news from the Guardian on assisted suicide)

A positive take on locked-in syndrome – Michael Cubiss. I actually teared up a bit! But I do believe in allowing people to have the choice to end their life. Who are we to dictate whether a person should suffer against their will or not?

If you’re a man, you may want to rethink having kids the older you get. A genetic study has linked paternal age with some mental health problems, such as autism and schizophrenia.

Giving babies antibiotics may lead to weight gain later on.