Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

BS

Department

Occupational Therapy

Faculty Mentor

Donna Wooster

Abstract

Religious organizations can offer many benefits to society at large such as extended social groups, opportunities for physical activity and service, and emotional support. People with disabilities are often in need of these opportunities most because of the social pressures, rejection, and isolation many experience at school or home. This study was designed to assess the experiences and needs of adult religious volunteers who work with students with disabilities in order to determine expectations and knowledge needs of these volunteers. This study examined the published research about the benefits of religious organizations to students with disabilities, the rate of involvement and attendance to services, the perspective of church staff held by the families, religious staff account of preparedness, and the need for continued studies.

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