I am a consultant, speaker and author; passionate about Universal Design, inclusive community design, and access to all meaningful life activities.  I hope you enjoy the blog!   Here is a bit more about me:

EmpowerAbility® LLC is an occupational therapy based consultancy specializing in environmental modifications and assistive technology.

EmpowerAbility works with people of all ages and abilities across the lifespan helping homeowners, renters and caregivers whether they are residing in their own homes, in independent living retirement communities, assisted living communities or are in the process of transitioning from a hospital/rehabilitation stay back to a home environment. EmpowerAbility also provides consultation, training and continuing education to professionals such as developers, builders, remodelers, architects, city planners, healthcare professionals, interior designers, realtors and attorneys along with disability-related associations, state agencies and product manufacturers.

About Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, FAOTA

Debra Young is a certified specialist in environmental modifications, aging in place, and assistive technology. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with a Master’s in Education degree with specialization in Assistive Technology (AT) from Bowling Green State University, a graduate certificate in AT from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College.

• Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA)–a distinction accomplished by less than 1% of occupational therapists nationally.

• Specialty Certified in Environmental Modifications (SCEM)–American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), (a distinction accomplished by less than 1% of occupational therapists nationally).

• Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)–National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

• Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)–Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

• Approved NAHB Instructor


Added Personal Experience…

Debra understands the special living needs of seniors and persons with disabilities, as well as their desire to live independently, because of two very personal experiences.

Bill, Debra’s husband, has a C5-C6 incomplete spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia.  Their current home has been universally designed by Debra to create an accessible, barrier-free environment, while maintaining the aesthetics by integrating the modifications into the design of the home.

In addition, she has been working with her parents to allow them to safely age-in-place in their current home.  From these experiences, Debra is aware of the need for a highly qualified home modifications consultant that can make appropriate environmental modification recommendations, and has continued to pursue certifications and professional development to demonstrate her commitment to the field.

EmpowerAbility®, LLC  Creating access for life



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