Abstract

Facilities variously known as independent living centers, disabled living centers, disability information centers, and resource centers now exist in many parts of the world. Although occupational therapists offer valuable perspectives on quality of life, knowledge of assistive technology, and a holistic view of clients’ needs, occupational therapy is not always a part of these centers. Occupational therapists themselves may overlook these settings as venues for their services. This overview of 38 resource center organizations in 14 countries reports on their approaches to supporting persons with disabilities, professionals, and other members of the public and explorers the presence of occupational therapy and other professions in these agencies.

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