Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements
I am a tireless advocate for children and adults with disabilities. My “awards” come from happy children at the school I work in or from patients at the hospital and their family members. A former patient with a SCI “facebooked” me 5 years post injury to tell me Thank you and that if it wasn’t for me and my tough love and my perseverance he wouldn’t be walking in rehab today. And he then proceeded to tell me he loved me. That!!! is what keeps doing this!!!
Beverley Driver Smith has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for 24 years. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 1992 on the Dean’s List and as the founder and President of the South East Occupational Therapy Club, “SEE OT”. She lives 3 miles from the beach with her children. She has 5 children altogether; her oldest is her son who is 22, and the girls are 21, 18, 14 and 12 . Her boyfriend has a spinal cord injury and plays wheelchair tennis. She currently works in a rural school setting in the Occupational Therapy Department, where she is starting her ninth year. She teaches 3rd graders at her church every Saturday night and is a champion for children and anyone with disabilities. Right out of college, she became an adjunct teacher at her alma mater and taught Therapeutic Media for Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics for the Occupational Therapy Assistant and guest lectured on Traumatic Brain Injury for the Human Disease Occupational Therapy class. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career. She has worked the majority of her years in a Pediatric setting, she has also worked in the hospital, community re-entry, rehabilitative, out-patient sports and geriatric settings. She also has spoken several times for the local non-profit agency, CASTLE, on domestic violence and preventing child abuse. She volunteers annually at a disabled sports camp and international wheelchair tennis tournament in Mexico. She occasionally writes for a blog called “Rolling Without Limits”. Her area of interest and expertise include Pediatrics, Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury.