CE Article: Universal Design for a Lifetime: Collaboration and the Role of OT in Environmental Modifications
Debra Young, MEd, OTR/L, SCEM, ATP CAPS, EmpowerAbility® LLC, Newark, DE, Tracy Van Oss, DHSc, MPH, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT and Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, Rush University, Chicago, IL
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Occupational therapy practitioners understand how environments can support or inhibit performance and participation. Meeting the environmental needs of a complex and aging society allows occupational therapy practitioners to forge strategic interprofessional collaborative relationships to create universally designed environments that make the needs, desires, and safety of the client a priority. Blending the skill sets of occupational therapy and other professions can lead to well-balanced outcomes that enable clients of all ages and abilities to remain in their homes and participate in their communities. Our profession is positioned to be a leader in enabling clients to meet occupational needs through evidence-based practice and strategic interprofessional collaborations.
1. Differentiate between universal design, accessible design, adaptable design, and visitability relative to the practice of occupational therapy in environmental modifications.
2. Recognize how to secure and cultivate relationships with external professionals and stakeholders for environmental modifications projects.
3. Identify strategies to create successful collaborations with external professionals for better client outcomes on environmental modification projects.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention, Outcomes
Young, D., Van Oss, T., Wagenfeld, A., (2014). Universal Design for a Lifetime: Interprofessional Collaboration and the Role of Occupational Therapy in Environmental Modifications. OT Practice, 19(7). CE-1–CE-8