Date of Award
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Agriculture; Disabled Persons -- Wyoming; Entrepreneurship; Young Adult
“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to develop a grant proposal in order to obtain funding for the development of an entrepreneurial program for young adults with disabilities transitioning into adulthood in rural Wyoming. Through participation in the program young adults would have the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture while concurrently developing an occupational identity.
Methods: A selected literature review was conducted to identify the scope of the problem and identify what, if any, programs are currently being offered to assist youth transition to the worker role. Partnerships were developed with key stakeholders in developing the proposal; resulting in a grant application to the Western Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education program.
Conclusions: There are limited opportunities for young adults with disabilities transitioning to adulthood in rural Wyoming to develop a meaningful occupational identity in a worker role. Entrepreneurial endeavors in sustainable agriculture are a viable alternative to establish this identity, promote economic independence and promote community wellness.
Likewise, Nicole and Podio, Theresa, "Growing occupational identity : the use of agricultural entrepreneurship for young adults with disabilities to successfully enter, adapt, or inhabit the role of worker" (2012). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 125.