Abstract

Adults with cerebral palsy need assistance to maximize their capabilities, interact with others, and achieve independence. They experience difficulty communicating their needs to successfully obtain medical/rehabilitation and independent living services, which are necessary to achieve independent living. Knowledge of the experience of such clients can help occupational therapists to better serve them. This study, which used a case study design, presents data collected during more than 80 hours of guided interviews with 5 study participants. A data analysis of the participants’ experiences showed recurring themes of the disability as the enemy, the importance of attitude, dependence versus independence, and the significance of purposeful activity. The participants’ experiences with therapists and independent living skills agencies are presented, as is an examination of the medical/rehabilitation and independent living models.

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