Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Kelly Lewis

Second Advisor

Holly Grieves


Providing employment opportunities for individuals with a disability has multiple benefits for the employer and for the individual (Lindsay et al., 2018). In addition, occupational therapy within a community-based living setting could decrease the risks for social isolation and increase engagement in occupation for older adults (Domville, 2019). This capstone project focused on program development at Self-Help Alternative Living of Michigan (SHALOM). SHALOM is a community-based living program who was seeking to provide additional employment opportunity for their participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Limited research available made it difficult to develop a training manual for coaches, participants, and volunteers to work in a coffee shop; determining optimal modifications/adaptations; and an outcome measure assessment. SHALOM’s coffee shop demonstrated successful employment with the use of two training manuals, multiple modifications/adaptions implemented, and an outcome measure assessment. This capstone project could be used for other occupational therapists who are seeking to provide employment opportunities in a community-based living program.