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


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

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Providing Seating and Wheeled Mobility Services

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

The Occupational Therapy Role in Rehabilitation for the Person With an Upper-Limb Amputation

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

Other Topics

Occupational Therapy and the Care of Persons With Spinal Cord Injury

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

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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