Amira Ragab

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Student Paper

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The purpose of the life history project is to examine Sandy Hanebrink’s occupational therapy practice and how the profession has evolved at the national level. By completing a literature review, gathering information on the participant, and completing a semi-structured video interview, the researcher was able to analyze the data. The findings from the data emerged into three categories: systematic evolution of the OT profession, personal journey, and influences over the years. The categories were then formed into two overall assertions: Over the years, the systematic evolution of occupational therapy, countless influences, and her personal journey to become an occupational therapist [with disabilities] have embraced Sandy’s persistence and passion to advocate for individuals with disabilities within and outside of the profession. Sandy believes the different changes that are on the way will bring both positive and negative impacts to the occupational therapy profession in embracing the value of education and the identity as a whole.