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Driving and community mobility are essential occupations for growing independence and identity. Young adults who are transitioning into adulthood have a desire to engage in their community, and it is at this time that an interest in driving begins. Driving is a complex occupation that requires in-depth education and experience to safely participate in.
Learning to drive can be challenging, especially for a person with a disability. Young adults with disabilities confront several community concerns that limit their ability to participate in the meaningful activity of driving. Those with disabilities often rely on their support systems to help guide their decision-making and learning. Caregivers, specifically, play a significant role as a primary support system by preparing their young adults for this occupation. Unfortunately, there is an absence of educational resources on driver education that highlights the role of the caregiver. As a result, there is a lack of awareness on the caregiver’s role in driver education and a feeling of unpreparedness when creating a supportive learning environment for their young adult.
For this capstone project, an online advocacy and educational resource was developed for caregivers responsible for young adults with disabilities who are interested in learning the occupation of driving.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
driving, occupation, disability, disabilities, caregiver, learning environment, support system, educational resource, advocacy
Medical Subject Headings
Occupational Therapy, Automobile Driving, Disabled Persons, Young Adult
Logan, D., Bell, M., & Blackwell, A. L. (2021, August 12). An Educational Resource for Young Adults with Disabilities, Their Caregivers, and Clinicians in the Driver Learning Environment. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonessummer2021/10