"Find me at the intersection of creativity and problem-solving."
I'm a pediatric occupational therapist. I facilitate independent functioning. I problem-solve everyday tasks that my clients have difficulty with. I take into account the whole person, including their disability, their environment, and their culture. I fill in the gaps. When there is nothing commercially available to fit the clients needs, I make it.
I believe in community. I believe in working towards a better world. I believe in social good.
I would argue that it is more than children with disabilities that benefit from inclusion. :) When we foster a community that focuses on the individual strengths of a person we begin to realize how vital each person is to the group. I volunteer at a camp for adults with developmental disabilities and they give me more than I could ever give them. I see a huge difference between kids who have been around people with disabilities from a young age, and those who have not. Inclusion is key in reducing stigma, and creating opportunities for people with disabilities makes a better world. You are doing great work and it's an exciting project, but don't forget this is good for everyone in the community! :)