School-Based Work Capacity Evaluation in Young People With Intellectual Disabilities: 2 Case Reports

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These case reports examine the application of a work capacity/work-hardening model to increase work capacity in young people with disabilities.

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Examination, evaluation, interventions, and outcomes are described for 2 teenagers with intellectual disability. This approach is novel in that it uses functional capacity evaluation concepts used in ergonomic/occupational health contexts and applies them to youth with disabilities in educational settings.


These concepts expand the scope of practice for physical therapists in school settings and potentially increase work opportunities for youth with disabilities.

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