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Research Article  |   February 1995
Fieldwork Education and Students With Disabilities: Enter the Americans With Disabilities Act
Author Affiliations
  • Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR, DAAPM, is Professor of Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, North Miami Beach, Florida, and an attorney in private practice. (Mailing address: 10350 Old Cutler Road, Miami, Florida 33156)
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Special Issue on Fieldwork
Research Article   |   February 1995
Fieldwork Education and Students With Disabilities: Enter the Americans With Disabilities Act
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1995, Vol. 49, 139-145. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.2.139
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1995, Vol. 49, 139-145. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.2.139
Abstract

For occupational therapy students with disabilities, making the transition from the classroom to clinical fieldwork presents an interesting challenge to clinical fieldwork supervisors and academic fieldwork advisors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws have changed the rules by requiring fieldwork sites and academic programs to make accommodations for students with disabilities. Occupational therapy’s basic philosophy combined with the occupational therapist’s training in task analysis, functional limitations of disabilities, modification of the environment and clinical reasoning skills, places the occupational therapist in a natural position to make these reasonable accommodations. The author presents the DIALOGUE system, a method of communication designed to make a smooth transition to ADA compliance in the fieldwork arena.