Author ORCID Identifier


Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Sutanuka Bhattacharjya


This capstone project describes an adapted exercise program for adolescents with physical disabilities to promote health management in adolescents with physical disabilities developed in partnership with the Robert D. Fowler YMCA. The adapted program is mainly geared toward adolescents with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Three main objectives of this project included conducting a literature review, creating a program for Robert D. Fowler YMCA staff that included both education on CP and DMD and two adapted exercise modules for adolescents with physical disabilities, and participate in professional development of creating and facilitating a community group-based program. In the course of this capstone experience, I attended adapted fitness classes, conducted semi-structured interviews with stakeholders, attended continuing education program on CP and DMD, and researched about the occupational impact of the conditions. The AdaptedEx program will help meet the needs of the Robert D. Fowler YMCA for an adapted exercise program for adolescents with physical disabilities that promotes inclusivity, well-being, and social interaction.

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