Is Occupational Therapy an Ableist Health Profession? A Critical Reflection on Ableism and Occupational Therapy

This article emphasises the importance of critical reflection and self-awareness to challenge ableist perspectives and practices in the field of occupational therapy. It aimed to discuss how ableism is constructed within occupational therapy, to break down ableist mechanisms in practice, and to propose inclusive practices for positive change. Despite efforts to promote inclusivity, ableism persists in both obvious and subtle ways within the profession. The conclusion? There is a need for practitioners to be self-reflective to eliminate discriminatory practices and embrace inclusivity for the present and the future.

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