Mike Carter earned his Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina, and a business degree from Eastern Kentucky University. His long career in Occupational Therapy started out at WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital where he worked in the acute Rehabilitation Services Department. Mike then became the Technical Assistance Specialist at The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. He was hired to bring the Occupational Therapist perspective on human function and disability awareness to a group of architects, designers and planners. As Technical Assistance Specialist, he also managed the Safe and Accessible Modifications for Independence program and assisted in the development and management of the Home Modifications Project for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mike also participated in plan reviews for homeowners, provided product information, and created the first non-traditional, non-clinical fieldwork site for graduate level Occupational Therapy students available in the United States. He traveled internationally with the Center, presenting home modification trainings and talks for a variety of audiences. Mike co-authored several publications produced by the Center for Universal Design. Most recently, he worked researching products and techniques that were included in the Comprehensive Assessment Survey Protocol for Elderly Residents or CASPAR, a nationally recognized assessment instrument funded by the National Institute on Aging.
Currently, Mike is an Occupational Therapist at WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. He works with a wide variety of diagnoses including Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Multi Trauma and Stroke. He has developed an in-hospital home modifications demonstration area to help patients and their families understand how home modification can help them live in the home rather than just "get by". He also provides consulting services to people with disabilities through his business Residential Accessibility Consulting, LLC. Prior to his occupational therapy career, Mike spent seven years in the outdoor experiential education field developing and implementing adventure programs for a wide range of children and adults. He also worked in residential and commercial construction, his last position being Final Phase Superintendent on a 40 million dollar project in Raleigh, North Carolina. For 22 years, Mike has worked with an international corporate teambuilding company.