Occupational/Physical Therapy

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) identifies occupational and physical therapy as related services for eligible children ages 3-21 years who require assistance to benefit from a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.  The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) provides school based Occupational and Physical Therapy in both District 75 and General Education school settings.

Occupational and physical therapy services are provided by New York State-licensed therapists to students mandated to receive such services as designated on their Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs).

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) provides more information on certification requirements for both occupational and physical therapists.

Occupational Therapy 

Occupational therapy is designed to maintain, improve, or restore function of students in all education-related activities, including neuro-musculoskeletal function, motor function including fine motor, oral motor and visual motor integration, sensory and perceptual function, cognitive, and psychosocial function. Activities emphasize independence in daily living skills and school participation in various settings including classroom, bathroom, cafeteria, and playground.    

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy emphasizes physical function of gross motor skills and independence in different settings.  Physical therapists increase a student’s ability to participate in various school functions by remediating or compensating for musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, or cardiopulmonary impairments. Physical therapists employ various techniques including addressing deficits in body structure and function, suggesting adaptations to physical tasks, recommending assistive devices, and adapting the environment.


Employment Opportunities for Occupational and Physical Therapists

Vacancies for both professions exist in all boroughs and within both the general education student population and the special education student population

School Based Occupational and Physical Therapy within District 75 Schools
Schools under the jurisdiction of District 75 are focused on students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. District 75 schools sometimes occupy multiple sites, and the position might be in more than one physical site. Please refer the District 75 website for more information about our schools and our student population.

If you are interested in applying for a position as an Occupational or Physical Therapist in a special education, D75 school, please email your resume and cover letter to:

Cynthia Aridas, Supervising Physical Therapist
District 75
400 First Avenue – Room 555
New York, NY 10010
caridas@schools.nyc.gov

Joel Levine, Supervising Therapist
District 75
400 First Ave - Room 555
New York, NY 10010
Jlevine4@schools.nyc.gov
 

School Based Occupational and Physical Therapy within General Education Schools
The emphasis of school-based occupational and physical therapy is to help students access the academic environment and participate to the maximum extent possible in educationally related activities. Therapists are responsible for evaluating and treating students with disabilities, maintaining daily progress and attendance records, writing progress reports, attending IEP meetings, and recommending adaptive equipment, environmental accommodations, or assistive technology. In addition to these services provided to students on their caseloads, occupational and physical therapists work collaboratively with teachers and other school staff to serve the school community in a variety of ways. 


Occupational and Physical Therapist Vacancies in General Education Schools

NYC DOE Occupational Therapist vacancies in General Education schools exist in all five boroughs with the highest needs in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

NYC DOE Physical Therapist vacancies in general education schools exist in all five boroughs with the highest needs in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

If you are interested in applying for a position as an Occupational or Physical Therapist in a general education school, email / fax/ mail resume and cover letter to:


Rita Venekas
NYC Department of Education
Office of Related & Contractual Services
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Room 402
Long Island City, NY 11101
RVeneka@schools.nyc.gov
(P) (718) 391-8391
(F) (718) 391-8128

Please clearly indicate borough of interest in cover letter.


Occupational and Physical Therapy Scholarship Program

Since 1990, the New York City Department of Education has offered a scholarship program in Occupational and Physical Therapy. Students in their 3rd, 4th or graduate year of professional study in Occupational and Physical Therapy at participating colleges or universities in New York State Education Department accredited programs are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be granted through a selection process involving an interview and review of academic records, writing samples and references, and is contingent upon continued funding for the program.

Application and detailed information on the OT/PT Scholarship Program is available at http://schools.nyc.gov. For further information on the OT/PT Scholarship Program, please contact:

Rita Venekas
NYC Department of Education
Office of Related & Contractual Services
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Room 402
Long Island City, NY 11101
RVeneka@schools.nyc.gov
(P) (718) 391-8391
(F) (718) 391-8128