Thoughts on: Deliberately Dying as an Occupation

I have always wondered how death played into the profession of occupational therapy. As there are many definitions of occupation that have changed over time, this can be challenging. However, one thing seems to be missing from these definitions and that is the concept of, preparation of, and process of death. One definition of occupation … Read more

Preliminary Data for Pilot Study – Occupational Therapists Living with Chronic Disabilities – An Online Quantitative & Qualitative Survey

I decided to post the raw results from my 6 participants as this is a small sample size and not too overwhelming to read. This data comes from a survey I posted calling for participants who experienced a disability (mental or physical) in the field of occupational therapy. It asked questions about basic demographic information, … Read more

Disability Language Style Guide – Resource for Occupational Therapy and Healthcare Bloggers

Disability Style Guide for Occupational Therapy

Introduction In my research on person-first language vs identity-first language (read blog post here), I stumbled upon a Disability Language Style Guide created by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Walter Cronkit School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Evolving Language Even as a healthcare provider, I have found that anecdotally … Read more

People-First Language vs Identity-First Language for Occupational Therapy Practice

People First vs Identity First Language Occupational Therapy

Background In 2006, the People First Respectful Language Modernization Act was enacted which “require the use of respectful language when referring to people with disabilities in all new and revised District laws, regulations, rules, and publications and all internet publications”. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has elected to use identity-first language instead of people-first … Read more