Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA is the the Director of Occupational Therapy and Professor of Health, Human Function & Rehabilitation Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His work is focused on community access and opportunities for children with diverse sensory and cognitive abilities and their families. He is a national leader in sensory and cognitive access services in the cultural arts industry. He consults, develops, and evaluates accessible programming at cultural organizations that build personal, shared, and collective meaning in the community. Among the organizations he serves are: The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA), Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI), Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs (Lansing, MI), Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis, MN), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), New Jersey Center for Aquatic Science (Camden, NJ), Delaware Theatre Company (Wilmington, DE), People’s Light & Theater (Malvern, PA), Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, & Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA).
Dr. Ideishi is also working to support culturally and linguistically diverse populations navigate the health, education, and community systems. His current works include PCORI and Department of Education funding to examine engagement factors in the therapeutic process and community integration for linguistically diverse populations. His work involves collaborations from across the globe working with practitioners, researchers, and organizations in Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom. He received the AOTA 2017 Emerging and Innovative Practice Award for occupational therapy’s role in in arts accessibility.
Dr. Ideishi and his passion for designing sensory-friendly performances and cultural experiences to promote inclusivity for all is featured in this video created by Temple University:
Interview with Dr. Ideishi on arts access for everyone. https://bartol.org/arts-access-for-everyone-interview-with-occupational-therapist-roger-ideishi/
Interview with PBS WETA: https://www.readingrockets.org/article/qa-roger-ideishi