Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Allison Naber OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
advocacy, occupational engagement, disability, occupational rights, traumatic brain injury, transition plans
Advocacy can greatly affect many individuals throughout the community in their ability to engage in occupations. Individuals’ with disabilities engagement in daily activities (occupations) is greatly affected by their diagnosis whether it be physical, psychological, or developmental. This population experiences disadvantages due to many barriers in society including physical, sensual, visual, and cognitive barriers as well as societal attitudes, and absence of policy and implementation. These disadvantages are not always recognized or known by the general public despite the number of individuals who are impacted. The lack of knowledge creates a need for advocacy, education, and training of the community and society that surrounds these individuals. Therefore, this capstone experience in advocacy expanded knowledge upon the disadvantages that individuals with disabilities face, how those disadvantages impact the individual’s engagement in occupations, and what can be implemented to reduce those disadvantages in general and related to traumatic brain injury, transition services in individualized education plans, and public policy.
Benson, Rebecca L., "Understanding Advocacy for Promoting Occupational Engagement among Individuals with Disabilities" (2022). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 62.