The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) was established in 1917 and is the national professional association that represents the interest and concerns of occupational therapy, OT, practitioners and students. In keeping with OT month, this week we will be discussing the relationship AOTA has with Rebuilding Together.
Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit organization that provides free home rehabilitation and vital repairs for low income Americans. They have more than 250 local affiliates that work to revitalize and preserve homes and local communities. Being able to age in place is one of the tenets of Rebuilding Together. The organization believes that the aging population, and those with disabilities, should be able to live safely and comfortably in their homes as long as possible. The organization strives to revitalize communities and work so their clients can achieve affordable homeownership. Rebuilding Together also provides free home modifications and repairs and work to make homes more accessible and energy efficient.
April is also National Rebuilding Month. Each April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) partners with Rebuilding Together to provide volunteer services to help repair and build homes as well as educate the public about how OTs can help people live their lives with greater independence. AOTA and Rebuilding Together both work together to help promote home safety and independence.
On the last Saturday in April, which is Rebuilding Together’s National Rebuilding Day, volunteers rebuild and repair homes and communities with the help of OTs. AOTA and Rebuilding Together will partner to provide volunteer services to repair and rebuild for low-income homeowners. OTs and OT students are a part of this process and provide assistance with home repairs. They also consult with volunteers and homeowners providing home modifications and safety recommendations for those who may need them due to age or disability.
This year, National Rebuilding Together Day takes place on Saturday, April 27th. To learn more about National Rebuilding Together Day and how you can help or volunteer click here.