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"Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering I" - Montana State University students, adults with disabilities work together to find ways to work independently

December 21, 2010View for printing

Kintzler, Wolosyn and Hergett were among 11 students who took Stanley's "Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering I" course this fall.

For the second year in a row, the class incorporated service learning by working with Reach , a Gallatin Valley organization devoted to empowering adults with disabilities. One way Reach fosters independence and helps its clients gain more control over their lives is by offering them a variety of jobs that fit their abilities. Some of the clients work in businesses around Bozeman. Many of the clients -- currently ranging in age from 21 to 78 -- work at the Reach workshop north of Bozeman, filling contracts with local manufacturers. Todd, for one, was bagging washers for Dynojet. In last year's project with MSU students, he built truss rods for Gibson Guitar.

Rob Tallon, executive director of Reach, said independence is important to Reach clients because they, like anyone else who works, take pride in their jobs, the money they earn and the ability to work independently.

By Evelyn Boswell

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