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EmpowerAbility® LLC is an occupational therapy based consultancy specializing in environmental modifications and assistive technology. 

The EmpowerAbility® LLC consultants work with people of all ages and abilities across the lifespan helping homeowners, renters and caregivers whether they are residing in their own homes, in independent living retirement communities, assisted living communities or are in the process of transitioning from a hospital/rehabilitation stay back to a home environment. We also provide consultation to professionals such as developers, builders, remodelers, architects, city planners, healthcare professionals, interior designers, realtors and attorneys along with disability-related associations, state agencies and product manufacturers. 

About Debra Young M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, FAOTA

Debra Young is a certified specialist in environmental
modifications, aging in place, and assistive technology.  
She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with
a Master's in Education degree with specialization in
Assistive Technology (AT) from Bowling Green State University,
a graduate certificate in AT from Johns Hopkins University,
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy
from Elizabethtown College.  

Specialty Certifications: 
  • Certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) 
  • Specialty Certified in Environmental Modifications (SCEM)--American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), (a distinction accomplished by less than 1% of occupational therapists nationally).
  • Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)--National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)--Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North American (RESNA)

  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA)--a distinction accomplished by less than 1% of occupational therapists nationally.
  • 2015 recipient of the Home Builders Association of Delaware, James C. McCulley Associate of the Year Award  
  • 2014 recipient of the AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for notable contributions to the profession and its consumers in the environmental modifications specialty area of practice 
  • 2013 NAHB CAPS of the Year Award

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Leadership
  • Vice President-Elect, AOTA Executive Board (term: July 1, 2018--June 30 2021)
  • Director, AOTA Board of Directors (term: July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Leadership
  • NAHB State Associate Director
  • Past NAHB 50+ Housing Council Trustee
  • Past NAHB Consultant Governor to the CAPS Board of Governors
  • NAHB approved instructor for the CAPS and Universal Design/Build courses. 

Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) Leadership
  • Director to the HBADE Board of Directors
  • Past Associate Vice President of the HBADE Executive Board
  • Past President of the HBADE Associates Council
  • Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council--Founding Member

State & Local Council and Committee involvement
  • American Planning Association--Delaware Chapter Member
  • Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL),                                 Environment & Policy Committee      
  • New Castle County Council, Delaware, Subcommittee on Aging
  • Delaware Universal Design Coalition

Added Personal Experience...

Debra understands the special living needs of older adults and persons with disabilities, as well as their desire to live independently because of two very personal experiences. 

Bill, Debra's husband, has a C5-C6 incomplete spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia. Their current home has been universally designed by Debra to create an accessible, barrier-free environment, while maintaining the aesthetics by integrating the modifications into the design of the home.  

In addition, she has been working with her parents to allow them to safely age-in-place in their current home. From these experiences, Debra is aware of the need for a highly qualified home modifications consultant that can make appropriate environmental modifications recommendations, and has continued to pursue certifications and professional development to demonstrate her commitment to the field.