Date of Award
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and developmental disabilities (DD) have multiple opportunities to participate in the community through a variety of programs. Most programs show significant benefits in immersing individuals with ID/DD in social and physical contexts. Ashley, Fossey, and Bigby (2019) explain that participation for individuals with ID/DD is influenced by motivation, abilities, and environmental conditions. The environment plays a key role in supporting or hindering occupational engagement for individuals with ID/DD (Ashley et al., 2019). The research supports the use of vocational programs, intergenerational programs, and peer mentorship to improve the quality of life for individuals with ID/DD (Janke, Purnell, Watts, & Shore, 2019). This leads to the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive environment to enable engagement and participation in occupations amongst adults with ID/DD.
Pitcher, Aspen and Wendel, Abby, "Structured Ambassador Program for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Preschool Setting" (2021). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 479.