Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

George Palang


The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) focus areas chosen for my capstone project were administration and advocacy. Stay in Step Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center is a non-profit, veteran-founded facility in Tampa Bay that treats individuals with long-term neurological conditions (LTNCs). Stay in Step (SIS) specializes in utilization of a form of treatment known as activity based therapy (ABT), which much literature suggests it is greatly effective for the recovery and management of LTNCs. Unfortunately, due to health insurance caps, many individuals with these types of conditions do not receive adequate rehabilitation. Aside from this, there are not many facilities in the state that offer ABT services. Due to these factors, many of the clients at SIS pay out of pocket, and commute from fairly far distances to receive treatment. SIS currently offers physical therapy and exercise training, but does not yet offer occupational therapy services. The first portion of my project was to bring further awareness to the community about the facility itself, as well as LTNCs. The goal of this is ultimately to increase funding opportunities, as SIS relies greatly on grants and donations. The second goal was to create an ABT setup photo booklet and employee manual to be utilized by the facility for years to come. Lastly, I wanted to continue advocating for the addition of OT services through conducting research on occupational therapy and ABT interventions, as well as a proposal that was presented to employees and caregivers.