Career Focused OT Strategies for Youth with Disabilities

Career Focused OT Strategies for Youth with Disabilities 

In today’s society where we have civil rights legislation, one might suppose that most citizens with disabilities can attain fulfilling lives in adulthood. Despite sharing the same aspirations as their classmates who do not have a disability, research shows that young adults with even relatively mild disabilities rarely grow up to have careers, a circle of friends, or live apart from their parents. The cumulative effects of this “failure to launch” are costly to young adults, families, and society. New approaches to transition planning are clearly needed. School-based occupational therapists are well positioned and equipped to help students with career development, starting in the early grades and continuing through high school.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1 & 2. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ACU-0-OT37
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe five environmental challenges faced by young adults with disabilities as they approach and enter adulthood
Describe why addressing transition goals should begin in elementary grades and continue through high school
Apply the INCOME career development model to school-based occupational therapy intervention that relates to students in all 12 grades
Describe evaluation and intervention techniques that contribute to students’ career development and transition goals

Section 1: Introduction About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Scope of the Issue

Scope of the Issue

Case Study

Environmental Challenges

Personal Challenges

The INCOME Model

School-Based Occupational Therapy to Support Transition

Barriers to Implementation



Section 3: The Path to Career Development

Initiating the Path to Career Development

Deeper Imagining and Initiating Informing



Section 4: High School Transition

Imagining, Informing, and Choosing a Post-High School Path

Assessment Tools

Returning to Eric



Section 5: Conclusion

Course Contributor



Instructor: Donna Greene, B.S. OTR/L
Donna completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University in December 1990. She has extensive pediatric experience in both school- based, outpatient clinic, preschool, daycare, home health, and teletherapy settings throughout the course of her career. Significant knowledge and expertise in treating developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, and congenital abnormalities with children in various settings from infancy to high school age level have been her primary focus. Disclosure: Donna Greene, B.S. OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: intermediate level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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