Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy - Reports

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    AOTI Research Strategy 2014-2019
    (Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI), 2012) Boland, Leonie; Fox, Jackie; Hynes, Patrick; Lynch, Helen; Lyons, Eimear; McGarry, Tanya; Quinn, Sarah; Brown, Mark; Lee, Sarah; Barry, Margot
    The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) is the professional body for occupational therapists in Ireland. As a professional body, AOTI recognises the importance of ensuring evidence-based best practice, effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of Occupational Therapy services to the benefit of service users. In 2007 a research committee was established within AOTI to guide a research agenda for the profession. In 2008, The Therapy Project Office developed core competencies for the occupational therapy profession (Therapy Project Office, 2008). These had a research and evidence-based focus.
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    Community parks and playgrounds: Intergenerational participation through Universal Design
    (Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, 2019) Lynch, Helen; Moore, Alice; Edwards, Claire; Horgan, Linda; National Disability Authority, Ireland
    Accessible and inclusive community environments are fundamental for enabling social inclusion. As a set of design principles, Universal Design (UD) offers the potential to create inclusive environments that are accessible to as many people as possible. Yet to date, community environments such as parks and playgrounds have received little attention in relation to UD, to designing for diverse groups of users, including children with and without disabilities, and intergenerational users. This report contains an analysis of play value, UD and usability of parks and playgrounds in one local council area (Cork City Council). The aims of the research were:•To explore what is known from an international perspective on UD as a method which delivers inclusivity, in relation to parks and playgrounds, play and participation. •To gain diverse users’ perspectives of children with and without disabilities and their families/carers, of their experiences of accessing and engaging in play in public parks and playgrounds. •To identify recommendations for best practice in providing for families in public parks and playgrounds, as a means of progressing lifetime communities from a UD approach.
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    Evaluation of the in-school and early years therapy support demonstration project
    (National Council for Special Education, 2020-10) Lynch, Helen; Ring, Emer; Boyle, Bryan; Moore, Alice; O'Toole, Ciara; O'Sullivan, Lisha; Brophy, Therese; Frizelle, Pauline; Horgan, Deirdre; O'Sullivan, Deirdre; National Council for Special Education, NCSE, Ireland