Debra Young is the owner of EmpowerAbility® LLC, an occupational therapy consultancy specializing in environmental modifications and assistive technology.
Debra is a certified specialist in environmental modification, 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. Debra is a Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS).
Debra has also earned the Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This distinction has been accomplished by less than 1% of occupational therapists nationally. She is Director to the AOTA Board of Directors and the 2014 recipient of the AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award.
Debra has published and presented on local, state and national levels and currently holds an Assistant Professor position with Wesley College Master’s in Occupational Therapy Program.
Debra is an NAHB State Associate Director, 55+ Housing and Industries Council Trustee, consultant governor to CAPS Board of Governors and NAHB approved instructor for CAPS and Universal Design/Build courses. She is the recipient of the NAHB 2013 CAPS of the Year Award. Locally, she is the Associate Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) and President of HBADE Associates Council.