About the Organization:
The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the nationally recognized professional association for over 50,000 occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. These individuals work with people experiencing health problems such as stroke, spinal cord, injuries, cancer, congenital conditions, developmental problems, and mental illness, in a wide range of practice settings including hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric facilities and schools.
In addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, occupational therapy practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may impede independent functioning in all aspects of life. This unique perspective makes occupational therapy a critically important part of a health care program.
Occupational therapy services significantly improve rehabilitation for many people with impairments due to:
Arthritis, cancer, or other debilitating illnesses
Head or spinal cord injuries
Orthopedic, work, or sports-related injuries
Stroke and other neurological conditions
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