Ashley Russell is the Director of Health and Medicine Initiatives. She provides oversight for the planning and development of programs, events and exhibits centered on COSI'S Health and Medicine area of focus.
This past Sunday COSI held our second Autism Activities Event of the year. We welcomed over 200 guests as they not only had a chance to explore all of COSI’s classic exhibits, but also had fun exploring art with 3 guest artists. Thanks to Tracy Settle, Charlotte McGraw and Eric Marlow, event attendees took part in fun, adaptive art activities.
Within the last 2 years COSI has been focused on identifying ways to make our building more inviting and welcoming to children, teens, and even adults with disabilities and special needs. Last year we introduced our Autism Activities Events and the response from the community has been GREAT! It has been an awesome experience working with those within the Columbus community to develop these special after hour events. Their feedback and willingness to assist COSI in making our Autism Activities Events the best they can be has been quite a rewarding experience.
This past May COSI held another EMS & Safety Day event. This event is held annually during EMS and Safety Week with the purpose of providing the community with information from area partners on how we can stay safe throughout the year. This year we welcomed 12 community partners that provided demos and activities focused on understanding CPR, preparing your home for natural disasters, proper car seat safety, and much much more! COSI guests even had an opportunity to play with real patient simulators that doctor and nurses use during their training.
At the beginning of the New Year COSI received some great news! COSI was awarded grant funds from Autism Speaks, an organization focused on changing the future for those who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This grant award will allow COSI to continue our work on our “See it, Learn it, Live it” project.
COSI is a vibrant hub of scientific activity, engaging nearly one million learners of all ages through our onsite and outreach experiences. We inspire an interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more are the amazing world around them. Through a recent partnership with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Autism Treatment Network, COSI invited Dr. James Mulick, a physician with Nationwide Children's Hospital, to provide a free lecture titled "Understanding the Child Brain and Autism". We were thrilled with the attendance, which included parents, students, and teachers interested in learning more about Autism, and it also provoked an interest in not only myself, but also the Autism Treatment Network at Nationwide Children's Hospital to forge a partnership.
What exactly was that interest in..? We both wanted to know...How can we make COSI more enjoyable for children on the autism spectrum?COSI is a vibrant hub of scientific activity, engaging nearly one million learners of all ages through our onsite and outreach experiences. Through a recent partnership with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Autism Treatment Network, COSI had to an opportunity to bring in Dr. James Mulick, a physician with Nationwide Children's Hospital, to offer a lecture on "Understanding the Child Brain and Autism". Not only did this event bring in several parents, students, and teachers interested in learning more about Autism, but it also provoked an interest in not only myself, but also the Autism specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
We both wanted to know...How can we make COSI more enjoyable for children on the Autism Spectrum?
When I hear the world "Exoskeleton" I immediately think of some high powered, super stealthy, robot out of a movie, but during my daily readings, I stumbled across an exciting article highlighting yet another innovative and interesting medical advancement. CNN sat down with Ekso Bionics to learn more about the "Ekso".