Rehabilitation & Disability

AOTA has identified Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation as a key practice area in the 21st century.

Rehabilitation is at the core of occupational therapy and addresses the needs of  persons with injuries, illnesses, or deficits in occupational performance due to other causes.

Overall, the goal of rehabilitation is to help our clients, regardless of condition or setting, return to participation in the activities that they need and want to do. To achieve this, clinical practice will increasingly reflect the application of current research, evidence, and critical reasoning to achieve better outcomes. 

We hope the resources below will help you in your practice. If you have additional questions, try posting them on OTConnections, a community for occupational therapy practitioners just like you. If you are an AOTA member, you are already signed up with OTConnections! Just use your member login and password for the AOTA Web site to access OTConnections.

Tips for Living

Tips for living

Brief Tip Sheets to help people cope with a variety of health conditions and explain how occupational therapy can help. Find our tips sheets here.

Fact Sheets on the Role of OT

AOTA Fact Sheets

Designed for OT practitioners and other professionals to explain the role and scope of occupational therapy. Find our fact sheets here.

Special Interest Sections

Members: Browse SIS Quarterly Newsletters

Read the Special Interest Section Quarterly articles related to Rehabilitation & Disability: Developmental Disabilities, Productive Aging, Home & Community Health, Rehabilitation & Disability, and Work & Industry.  

Evidence-Based Practice

Rehab evidence

Find evidence-based practice info and the latest research to guide your practice.