Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation

Occupational therapy practitioners ensure that people recovering from illness or injury, or with a disability, can function in all their environments with the ability they have. They reduce health care costs by promoting independence and self-care.

Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.

The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of conditions related to rehabilitation and disability.

Brain Injury

Occupational Therapy and Community Reintegration of Persons With Brain Injury - pdf, 678 kb


Occupational Therapy’s Role in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Oncology - pdf, 573 kb

Chronic Diseases

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Disease Management - pdf, 3.1 mb

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Managing Arthritis - pdf, 774 kb

Community Mobility and Driving

Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Adults

Behind the Wheel: Occupational Therapy and Older Drivers

Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities

Supporting Community Integration and Participation for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Facilitating Employment of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities - pdf, 764 kb

Occupational Therapy’s Role With Autism - pdf, 484 kb

Addressing Sensory Integration Across the Lifespan Through Occupational Therapy - pdf, 176 kb

Home Modifications

Home Modifications and Occupational Therapy

Home Modifications Promote Independent Living

OT's Role in Facilities

Occupational Therapy in Acute Care

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Skilled Nursing Facilities - pdf, 4 mb

Hands and Upper Extremity

The Unique Role of Occupational Therapy In Rehabilitation of the Hand - pdf, 756 kb

The Occupational Therapy Role in Rehabilitation for the Person With an Upper-Limb Amputation - pdf, 772 kb

The Role of Occupational Therapy for Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity 


Recovering from Stroke with Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest™

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation - pdf

Other Topics

Occupational Therapy and the Care of Persons With Spinal Cord Injury - pdf

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Providing Assistive Technology Devices and Services - pdf

Occupational Therapy in Polytrauma

Sexuality and the Role of Occupational Therapy

Students With Disabilities in Postsecondary Education Settings: How Occupational Therapy Can Help

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep - pdf, 603 kb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Restraint Reduction or Elimination - pdf, 620 kb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb

Occupational Therapy: A Vital Role in Dysphagia Care - pdf, 1.4 mb

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