Environmental design and environmental modification can be integral to a comprehensive intervention program designed to increase participation for people with disabilities. This session presents a new typology of terms for contextual factors that facilitate or limit participation in daily activities. It was designed to be aligned with the World Health Organizations International Classification of Function. The typology covers four overarching areas: (1) physical factors; (2) social factors; (3) societal and organizational factors; (4) support and relationship factors. First, we will present an introduction to the typology and its development. Next, we will discuss how using the typology expands the scope of assessment and intervention and how that may result in enhanced participation for clients at the individual, group, and population levels. Finally, we will demonstrate the practical application of the typology using case studies.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to describe the typology’s four overarching areas of environmental and contextual factors.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to use the typology’s terminology to identify and label contextual and environmental factors that affect participation for individuals and groups.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to apply the typology’s terminology to create environmental interventions that facilitate clients’ meaningful participation in activities that are important for their roles in life.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to explain how environmental and contextual factors either support or diminish participation for people with disabilities.