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Work Hardening

Proper lifting techniques   Work Hardening Therapy is an important part of any rehabilitation effort. Specialized testing enables us to determine your present Functional Work Capabilities and to develop realistic goals for the future. Through the use of Work Simulation Activities, the physical demands of any particular job can be reproduced.

Performing these tasks in our controlled and supervised Work Therapy Area allows the progressive and safe restoration of strength, endurance and confidence necessary for successful reemployment. Donley Center staff will recommend worksite modifications when appropriate. Learn about new developments in our rehabilitative programs in The Donley Update, our periodic newsletter (pdf). And read about how Roy Matheson, world-renowned pioneer in work evaluation training, came to visit the Donley Center (pdf).


This test provides information about the physical capabilities of an employee. It is an examination to determine an employee’s maximum physical performance in a controlled, safe environment. It incorporates the elements of posture, body movements, kinesiology, cardiovascular response, metabolic changes, affective and psychomotor response to provide a detailed report of a person's functional capabilities and limitations. This detailed information is then utilized to determine return-to-work status, and formulate specific solutions to address concerns and improve or restore function.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Dr. John E. Donley Rehabilitation Center
249 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906

Phone: (401) 243-1200
Fax (401) 222-3887
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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