Stacy Springer, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Stacy is a native New Yorker currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and her Assistive Technology Practitioner certificate from Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Stacy started her career in Special Education as a Preschool Special Education teacher serving children with multiple complex disabilities. Since then she has worked in a variety of school-based settings across the country, both private and public, as a Special Education Teacher, Occupational Therapist, and Assistive Technology Specialist. Currently, Stacy is the Team Lead for Oakland Unified School District’s Assistive Technology/Augmentative and Alternative Communication department, comprised of both Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty at Samuel Merritt University Occupational Therapy Department. Stacy started traveling abroad over 15 years ago with the CITTI project, building capacity in communities in Ecuador to create low-cost sustainable adaptations and tools to improve the function and participation of individuals with disabilities at home, school, and their community. As a team coordinator traveling during summers over 5 years, Stacy assisted in developing two publications that provide examples and strategies of how to create resources from locally available materials for increasing participation at home and school. In her free time, Stacy enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, yoga, exploring new places and serving as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster youth. She is excited to be joining the Therapy Abroad team and combining her love of traveling and her love for Occupational Therapy.