Background.: Quality of life (QoL) is an important outcome of occupational therapy practice. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts the individual throughout their lifespan and may substantially affect QoL. Measuring QoL of people with ASD presents a challenge and a debate whether to use general versus disability-specific adapted measures. Purpose.: This paper aims to (a) revisit the construct of QoL and discuss specific dilemmas pertaining to its measurement, and (b) discuss implications to the assessment of QoL in individuals with ASD while highlighting the potential contribution of occupational therapy to the development of measures. Key Issues.: We suggest adding the domain of accessibility into QoL assessments, including, physical, sensory, social, and cognitive aspects, and to use disability-specific QoL measures. Implications.: The paper presents a call for occupational therapists to be involved in developing specific ASD disability-oriented measures that consider the unique characteristics of the disorder and environmental supports.
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L’article lance un appel aux ergothérapeutes, afin qu’ils contribuent au développement de mesures spécifiques orientées vers le TSA, qui tiennent compte des caractéristiques uniques du trouble et des ressources de l’environnement. accessibility adults autism spectrum disorder measurement occupational therapy accessibilité adultes ergothérapie mesure trouble du spectre de l’autisme edited-state corrected-proof typesetter ts3 Funding No funding was received in support of this work.
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- Autism spectrum disorder
- Occupational therapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Occupational Therapy