Christopher Trujillo OTD, OTR/L, PMP, ATP
Associate Professor and the Director of Occupational Therapy
Credit: .1 AOTA CEU (1 contact hour/1.25 NBCOT PDU)
Occupational therapy practitioners working with young adults must understand the supports and resources that exist to help individuals with disabilities (IWD) obtain and maintain employment in the postsecondary arena. It is imperative that OTPs understand the systems, paradigms, and agencies that support employment outcomes for IWD in the postsecondary setting; by translating this knowledge into practice, OTPs can improve the well-being, quality of life, and employment outcomes of IWD who have “aged out” (or are “aging out”) of the school system. This course will review barriers to employment, appropriate assessment tools, strategies to overcome barriers, work readiness skills, reasonable accommodations and federally funded agencies that support individuals with disabilities during their transition to work.
Following this course, the learner will be able to:
· Identify federally funded agencies that exist to support individuals with disabilities during their transition to work.
· Describe external factors that create barriers to employment.
· Identify appropriate assessment tools.
· Identify strategies to overcome barriers.
· Describe work readiness skills.
· Discuss reasonable accommodations and how to advocate for their use.
· Identify qualifications for Vocational Rehabilitation services and Medicaid funded support services
Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Learning level: Intermediate