OTs in VR: An Innovative, Interdisciplinary Approach

On-Demand Presentation
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In response to the increasing complexity of cases as well as the new WIOA indicators for service delivery, Michigan took an intradisciplinary approach to VR service provision by bringing the OT profession in-house within the MRS system. This presentation will look at:

  • the history of OT within the Michigan VR program,
  • the way these roles have changed as WIOA began to impact services and documentation of outcomes of service, and
  • how collaborating more broadly brought expanded expertise by building connections with OTs working within VR in other states through the OTs in VR Community of Practice.  

Meet the Presenters:

Tonia Peterson
photo of ToniaTonia is a Program Manager with the Business Network Division. Her professional interests focus on Reasonable Accommodation Evaluations, Job Analyses, Assistive Technology and Work-Risk Assessments to retain and obtain employment.  Her current projects include educating and empowering metro Detroit businesses by providing them with disability awareness training and hiring incentives to assist in diversifying their workforce with people with different abilities.  She was honored with the MRS Champion Award –Employee in September 2016.  Tonia earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and occupational therapy and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and community inclusion from Wayne State University.

Claudette Stork Reid
photo of ClaudetteClaudette is an occupational therapist with the Business Network Division. Her professional interests focus on the use of assistive technology for vocational accommodations as well as ergonomics and organization skills development. She was honored to present the keynote address to the Work and Industry Special Interest Section of the American OT Association Conference in April 2016, received the MRS Champion Award – Employee in September 2016 and the Michigan Leadership Award for BND-AC Group in 2017. She developed and managed the Michigan OT Association website for 12 years and is currently the chair of the Friends of OT in Michigan PAC. She was awarded the MiOTA Fellow in 1998 and was inducted into the American OT Association Roster of Fellows in 2022 for her work on behalf of OT at the state and national level. She took a leadership role in establishing the OTs in VR group, a Community of Practice within CSAVR that includes seven states that have OTs within their state VR programs. She served for 16 years on the Portage City Council. Claudette earned a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Wayne State University.