Meet Advisory Board Member Kimberly Hartmann
Kimberly Hartmann, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, FNAP
I am a professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University and the Director of the Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education. My career has focused on children and youth and more recently with adults as youth become adults quickly! I have devoted many professional years of service working with students, faculty, and community in the inclusion of people with disabilities in social, education, and work environments. I try to incorporate the use of assistive technology as a tool for people to use to circumvent their challenges and showcase their strengths. In addition to being a professor, I work with an interprofessional team of faculty at the University to design learning experiences for students that practice the power of teamwork to improve the quality of care.
I truly believe that services for people with IDD can be greatly enhanced through the power of working as a team that includes the family and the individual with IDD in all aspects of the decision planning process. I also believe that our communities and society are better when people with all (dis)abilities are included in all aspects of our community. This is the connection for me with Best Buddies. Best Buddies embodies my beliefs and actualizes those beliefs when including children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in friendship events, community activities, work, and leadership.