Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone project was to learn from stakeholders how to identify meaningful occupations of students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and how to incorporate them into their structured learning experiences in school to help them prepare for adult life upon graduation at 21 years old. The project also sought to explore how to involve the students and their families in the process of identifying meaningful occupations.

Faculty Mentor

Doris Pierce

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

MaryEllen Thompson

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy


The lifelong dream of attaining my doctorate could not have been achieved without the support and understanding of many individuals. At the top of the list are my family. My husband Bob and children Andrea and Deane. You have had tremendous patience with my slow and arduous learning curve for all the new technology since I was last in school. There have been compromises on where our family vacations have been so that I could complete and submit course assignments, and for this I am most grateful. A very special thanks to Vianey Rosas for her expertise with translating all documents into Spanish for the study. Friends from my church community have been a constant source of encouragement and affirmation that with God all things are possible. Your positive energy has provided me with a calm sense of purpose during the challenges of balancing multiple roles in my life.

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