Project Reaching More
The Department of Occupational Therapy at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was awarded a five-year grant of $1,077,765 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, to carry out Project Reaching More: Increasing Highly Qualified Occupational Therapists to Serve Children, Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities.
Project Reaching More addresses the shortage of licensed and highly-qualified occupational therapists needed to provide services for children (0-21 years) with disabilities, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse groups within low performing and high-poverty schools within the state of Texas. The goal of Project Reaching More is to graduate 32 highly qualified MOTs with the necessary skills and knowledge who are available to serve children with disabilities and their families, including those with high need and in high-need schools and in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
During the 5 year period (2013-2017), Project Reaching More will:
- recruit, retain, and graduate 32 qualified MOT scholars to serve infants, toddlers and children with disabilities and their families;
- increase the knowledge and skills of the MOT scholars through enhanced evidence-based curriculum, clinical and project assignments to address the needs of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families;
- develop effective clinical sites in school and early intervention settings for MOT scholars and future OT students to ensure highly qualified OTs; and
- disseminate and institutionalize project information to enhance OT education to provide highly qualified OTs to serve infants, toddlers and children with disabilities and their families.
Project Reaching More scholars will receive financial and academic support during their last year in the UTHSCSA MOT Program. Financial support includes a stipend, tuition/fees and books, and conference attendance. Additionally, they will receive free attendance at both a NBOT certification exam preparation workshop and an academic fieldwork supervisor training workshop.
UTHSCSA MOT students may apply to become a Project Reaching More scholar during their second year in the MOT program. Eight MOT students will be selected to become scholars each year for a total of 32 scholars by the end of the project. Selection criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.3, two letters of reference, an interview with Project Reaching More faculty, and submission of a written essay. Questions about Project Reaching More may be directed to Karin Barnes, Ph.D., OTR, at 210-567-8890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.