AOTA and Rebuilding Together have been partnering for more than 15 years to encourage collaboration among our members and affiliates in service to local communities. Occupational therapy practitioners and students across the nation have been providing their expertise in home safety and accessibility assessments and recommendations as part of Rebuilding Together’s services to homeowners in need.
Rebuilding Together is a national organization that preserves and revitalizes houses and communities through more than 170 local affiliates nationwide. Nearly 10,000 homes are repaired and rehabilitated by volunteers each year. AOTA and Rebuilding Together work toward mutual goals of raising visibility, actively participating in communities, and promoting home safety and independence.
Occupational therapy and Rebuilding Together are a natural fit—as Rebuilding Together strives to keep homeowners warm, safe, and dry, AOTA members can provide guidance on what truly makes each individual’s home safe. Occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students across the country have consulted on Rebuilding Together projects to improve lighting, remove obstacles, install adaptive equipment, and recommend other strategies to make homes safer and more accessible.
Each April, the Rebuilding Together affiliate network celebrates National Rebuilding Day, pulling together teams that sponsor home repair projects. Occupational therapists who are involved in these affiliates provide home assessments and recommendations for home modification projects. What a great way to celebrate OT Month as well!
Many affiliates are doing year-round work in addition to their annual April event. We encourage you to contact your local affiliate to see how you can help. Find out more about Rebuilding Together, occupational therapy’s role, and how to get involved by reviewing the information and resources below.