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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Barb Brockevelt


Leadership, Occupational Therapy, Transition Services

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone experience was to improve post-secondary transition services for students with disabilities through leadership endeavors. An Occupational Adaptation model was integrated in the planning phase of the capstone experience, as well as for implementation of methods. A Leadership Challenge Model was also used to help ground the experience in leadership and guide action. The planning phase resulted in activities related to teaching and scholarship. These activities included a research study on the participation of school-based occupational therapists in transition services within an Arizona context, creation of a Logic Model for a targeted grant related to a transition program, serving as a peer reviewer for an Academic Journal, teaching a class to occupational therapy students on transition planning as dictated by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and giving presentations on research related to transition services and the role occupational therapy can serve. Leadership has been identified in the occupational therapy literature as a pertinent area of attention to move the profession forward. Likewise, transition services for students with disabilities is an area of practice that has been improving, but still identified through research as an area where professional efforts are not meeting the needs of students transitioning into adult life. This capstone experience addressed both of these needs.