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Occupational Benefits for Young Adults with Disabilities while Participating in Vocational Programs
Entry Level Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Liani Steenekamp, OTL/R
Data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control revealed that 2.2% of American adults have an ASD condition which adds up to 5.4 million people ages 18 and older, or about 1 in 45 people (Center for Disease Control, 2022). Although there is legislation in place to support post-secondary transition rates for disabled young adults, studies show that individuals diagnosed with ASD and/or other physical and intellectual disabilities have poorer outcomes than their typically developing peers in the key areas of independent living, postsecondary education, and employment (Sosnowy, Silverman, & Shattuck, 2018). Employers identified the lack of individualized workplace training and specific “soft skills” commonly lacking in those with disabilities as a barrier to employment (Lu et al., 2022). This paper describes the completion of a capstone experience at Central Florida Dreamplex with a focus on policy/program development and advanced clinical practice skills. Throughout this capstone experience, young adults participated in an affordable sewing vocational program where they were provided the opportunity to garner specific pre-vocational and vocational skills to better prepare them for their post-secondary education and employment transition. After completion of the 16-week capstone, all participants displayed an increased knowledge and experience with pre-vocational and vocational skills to improve their independence and success within the typical workplace.
Erline F. Massillon. 2022. Occupational Benefits for Young Adults with Disabilities while Participating in Vocational Programs. Capstone. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, . (97)