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.


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The Sammons Center Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary!

The Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupation-Based Technology celebrates Fred Sammons, PhD (Hon), OT, FAOTA, an occupational therapist who is world renowned for his exemplary contributions as an inventor, businessman, entrepreneur, clinician, educator, and philanthropist. This year, the Sammons Center celebrates its 10th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, a special request for proposals (RFP) has been established for two $10,000 awards for an innovation that promises to enable people to actively engage and participate in everyday occupation. Awardees will be announced at a special celebration held in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University on April 17. 

Im'Peck'able Innovations



Im'Peck'able Innovations: 

Recent WMU OTD Graduate and recipient of the Sammons Center for Innovation and Research Grant, Dr. Alex Field, used grant funds to improve accessibility to the occupation of birding. Read more about Dr. Field, his capstone project, and his utilization of the Sammons Grant.

The Fred Sammons Archives

Learn all about Dr. Fred Sammons, an iconic treasure to the occupational therapy profession and, to our great fortune, the Department of Occupational Therapy at WMU. Dr. Sammons' amazing contributions to occupational therapy have been captured in a comprehensive set of interviews, videos, photos, and historical artifacts by way of the Sammons Archives, created by Dr. Roger O. Smith, Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Every practicing OT today who uses adaptive devices to enable a client to participate and engage in occupation can thank Fred for creating, manufacturing, and distributing his inventions that led to the Sammons Preston, an AbilityOne Company. 

Go to and enjoy the rich history of a man who was noted as being one of 100 Most Influential Occupational Therapists in the first 100 years of our profession!