Through the Looking Glass (TLG) in partnership with key stakeholders will, in the course of this three-year project build upon TLG’s NIDRR/NIDILRR funded foundational research, development, and long-standing intervention work to create: 1.) a national online professional directory of adaptive babycare professionals and comprehensive online resources on adaptive babycare for parents with physical and vision disabilities and professionals; 2.) a Phase II assessment and intervention manual of the adaptive babycare intervention ready for multi-site outcomes research; and 3.) an updated curricular module on working with parents with physical and vision disabilities for occupational therapy education programs.
The goal of this project is to increase the support for parents and caregivers with physical or vision disabilities to complete child caregiving tasks and routines. The objectives are to: 1.) increase the availability of online resources for occupational therapists to support intervention; 2.) increase the availability of online resources for parents to enhance awareness of and access to services and supports; and 3.) increase the capacity of the occupational therapy workforce to provide adaptive babycare assessment and intervention. Anticipated outcomes are: 1.) parents and caregivers with disabilities will have increased access to online resources, intervention, and access to intervention to support parenting tasks; 2.) occupational therapists and other rehabilitation professionals will have access to online resources on adaptive babycare assessment and intervention, and funding of services; 3.) OT students will demonstrate increased knowledge about adaptive babycare assessment, intervention, funding, and resources; and 4.) Identification of OTs, rehabilitation engineers, and assistive technology specialists who are providing adaptive babycare intervention and equipment fabrication services.