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Department Of Occupational Therapy

Autonomous & Connected Vehicles (ACV): Introduction to the Health Care Professional

In this course, the author provides an overview of the current crash statistics in the USA, an introduction to autonomous vehicles (AV), including the levels of AV, how driving as an occupation may be affected/changed by AV, the pros and the cons of AV, a timeline for AV, as well as a discussion on the vulnerable road users and how they may benefit from AV. The presentation highlights that we are facing the greatest transportation revolution of the century and invite health care professionals to consider the opportunities of AV technology for mobility-disadvantaged people.

Doctoral Capstone Site Mentor Training

In this course, the author provides an overview of the doctoral capstone experience and project. Roles of all collaborators are explained. The training focus is on the role of the capstone site mentor and also includes the related paperwork requirements.

Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure Short-Form

In this course, the author summarizes the development, use and clinical utility of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Short-Form for identifying at-risk older drivers. Specifically, this training will examine the measure’s purpose, use, validity and reliability, development, and validation.

Older Adults’ Perceptions of Automated Vehicle Technologies

In this course, the author provides an overview of older adults’ transportation needs, the potential benefit of autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) to their health and safety, and results from a study conducted to determine older adults’ perception before and after being exposed to AVT (i.e. a driving simulator driving in autonomous mode and an automated shuttle). The presentation highlights implications for practice, policy and research.

Therapeutic Communication

This is an introductory course in therapeutic communication for rehabilitation professionals. Students taking this course will receive an overview of basic verbal and nonverbal therapeutic communication skills and application within a rehabilitation setting.

Sandra Edwards Colloquium 2021

The Department of Occupational Therapy hosted the fifth annual, but first virtual, Sandra Edwards Colloquium on February 6, 2021. The theme for this year's Colloquium was "Aging in Place: Best Science for Best Practice in Occupational Therapy." Our keynote speaker was Susie Stark from Washington University.

Fall 2020 Issue

In This Issue: • Meet the UF OT Department Academic Fieldwork Coordinator • Feedback Tips • Ask the FWC • Upcoming Events

Chair’s address to students during town hall meeting

The Occupational Therapy department is taking action to start addressing a culture change that is both necessary and critical so that each one of our black students and each one of our black colleagues feel that they matter- that means to feel valued and to feel that they can contribute to the value of the department, the college, and the profession.