OTD Capstone Projects


This capstone project was completed through a partnership with Illuminate Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Illuminate Academy is a not-for-profit alternative to public or private school for children with Autism and developmental disabilities. The primary focus of this capstone project was to develop a resource guide for the Shine Shop, a transition program that provides students of Illuminate Academy an opportunity to give back to the community through dignified activities. The deliverable included task analyses of sold products, supply lists, and visual supports for learners. The resource guide was developed to ensure sustainability of the Shine Shop products, as well as provide an opportunity for continued education of social communication, relationship building, and self-regulation skills. The secondary focus of this project was to conduct market research to create a parent-friendly handout that compares kindergarten programs in the Middle Tennessee area. The deliverable was created as a resource for the agency to provide to current and prospective families of Illuminate Academy.

Publication Date

Spring 4-15-2022

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Sue Iliff, PhD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type



Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


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