OTD Capstone Projects


This doctoral capstone was completed through a partnership with Illuminate Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Illuminate Academy is a not-for-profit alternative to a public or private school for children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. One of the primary foci of this project was to develop a kindergarten market research guide comparing Illuminate Academy with other inclusive kindergarten programs as a resource for the agency as well as current and prospective families in Middle Tennessee. Another primary focus of this project was to create social media and marketing materials for Illuminate Academy’s Shine Shop, a transition service that provides students with an opportunity to give back to the community through purposeful and dignified activities. These educational materials and deliverables include an at a glance kindergarten program spreadsheet, an in-depth market research resource guide, and social media flyers and templates for marketing purposes.

Publication Date

Spring 4-6-2022

Faculty Mentor

Sue Iliff, PhD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


Autism; developmental disabilities; transition services; kindergarten; inclusive; Middle Tennessee