Professional Communities

AOTA's Special Interest Sections (SISs) connect you to vast numbers of colleagues in your field and areas of interest through the SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, online forums, and professional networking communities.

SISs make AOTA membership work even better! Invaluable networking and resources are yours with FREE unlimited OPEN ACCESS to all 9 SISs and their Communities of Practice.

Members receive:

  • Access to and participation in SIS online forums. Link to colleagues across the country!
  • SIS Quarterly Practice Connections (print and online)
  • Information geared to your level of experience, specialty area, and practice setting
  • Connection to your Association and resources for clinical support, evidence, and advocacy
  • Opportunities for leadership and recognition
  • Voting rights in your designated SIS

OT and OTA members gain leadership opportunities in their designated Special Interest Section.

Update your profile as often as your needs change!

SIS Descriptions

Academic Education (formerly Education) 

In the Academic Education SIS (AESIS), education is viewed as a shared professional concern. Education is not only defined as academic education, but continuing education, fieldwork education, patient education, and lifelong learning.

The AESIS and its subsections and networks provide academicians, aspiring faculty, fieldwork supervisors, clinicians, and students opportunities to discuss the many issues involved in occupational therapy education. It facilitates networking, continuing education opportunities, and collegial support to help occupational therapy practitioners to be more effective educators.

Children & Youth (formerly Early Intervention & School) 

The Children & Youth SIS (CYSIS) promotes education, research, and policy-making that will enhance practice in the school systems and community. It addresses the needs of school-based practitioners providing educationally related services to infants, preschoolers, children, and adolescents. Members are informed of current legislation and practice trends and are provided with networking and continuing education opportunities.

Developmental Disabilities (DDSIS)

The goal of the DDSIS is to focus on how occupational therapy assessment and intervention can facilitate the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in home, school, work, and community life.

The DDSIS provides a forum for practitioners, educators, and researchers to exchange information and strategies and network with each other by highlighting best practice, current trends, and research updates.

Home & Community Health (HCHSIS)

The HCHSIS provides resources and support for occupational therapy professionals and students whose practice environment is in the home and community, including home health, adult day care, senior housing, wellness programs, community mental health centers, home modification, and accessibility consultation.

The HCHSIS promotes community-based practice by identifying exemplars and sharing models for community practice, as well as networking with community-based services and agencies and promoting occupational therapy roles in these settings.

Mental Health (MHSIS)

The MHSIS provides a networking and information forum for occupational therapy practitioners providing services to address mental health disorders and psychosocial dysfunction in a wide range of settings.

The MHSIS promotes mental health practice and supports participants with information about legislative issues, payment systems, research, and recruitment and retention issues.

Productive Aging (formerly Gerontology) 

The Productive Aging SIS (PASIS) provides a forum that fosters professional development and clinical excellence for practitioners, educators, students, and researchers concerned with the occupational roles and needs of older adults.

Section activities address practice, research, legislation, and education related to the full continuum of care for the aged. FAQs are posted on seating and positioning and Alzheimer's Disease.

Rehabilitation & Disability (formerly Physical Disabilities) 

The Rehabilitation & Disability SIS (RDSIS) aims to meet the needs of occupational therapy professionals and students who serve individuals with physical dysfunction resulting from a wide range of diagnoses and conditions. The RDSIS provides a forum for networking with other professionals and facilitates the development of continuing education and professional development opportunities.

The Hand Rehablitation Community of Practice is charged to meet the needs of clinicians who address dysfunction of the hand as part of their physical disabilities practice.

The Driving/Driver Rehabilitation Community of Practice has 3 primary aims:

  • Educate and support occupational therapy practitioners so that they are able to provide pre-driving screens, driver assessments and training, or serve as referral sources to appropriate agencies
  • Provide a means by which practitioners interested in driving/driver rehabilitation can share information and ideas
  • Increase the visibility of the occupational therapy profession as service providers who are capable and interested in responding to growing societal needs associated with driving.

Sensory Integration & Processing (formerly Sensory Integration)

The Sensory Integration & Processing SIS (SIPSIS) offers leadership, resources, and information to occupational therapy professionals and students on sensory integration, as well as occupational therapy theory and clinical tools based on research and clinical practice.

Participants access critical information on reimbursement, legislative actions, and clinical practice through multiple SIPSIS resources.

Work and Industry (WISIS)

The WISIS supports occupational therapy practitioners' issues and concerns in addressing the work transition continuum through a wide variety of settings, including rehabilitation, occupational health, injury prevention and wellness, mental health, gerontology, and physical or developmental disability.

The WISIS provides information to therapists on practice, research, and legislation and covers traditional and emerging delivery systems.