Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Project Open Access


What is the lived experience of disabled occupational therapists in terms of the supports and barriers encountered during their participation in OT school and OT practice?

This study explored the lived experiences of disabled OT students and practitioners. The findings demonstrate the ableism and barriers experienced by the participants in a field that is meant to fight ableism with disabled clients. Conversely, the success of the participants when barriers were removed demonstrated the key tenants of the social model of disability. As a profession, OT should continue to work towards inclusion of disabled students and colleagues.