As a grassroots organization dedicated to developing a diverse workforce and inclusive profession, we denounce police brutality and racism. We are deeply impacted, heartbroken, and angry about the senseless murders of Black people at the hands of police. 

COTAD believes in action-oriented organizing to hold our profession accountable for creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. We are calling all members of the OT community to join us in sparking dialogue and igniting change to promote occupational justice and end systemic racism. 


The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began as a note on a cocktail napkin and has since become one of the world's preeminent occupational therapy organizations addressing issues of systemic racism and oppression, occupational injustice, healthcare equity, and educational decolonization.

Our MISSION is empowering occupational therapy leaders to engage in practices that increase justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion for a more transformative occupational therapy profession.


Our VISION is a future in which occupational therapy is accessible, inclusive, and effective for all.

We are a powerful network of individuals, students, educators, and advocates from across the the globe all working towards a common goal of promoting diversity and inclusion within the occupational therapy workforce and increasing the ability of occupational therapy practitioners to serve an increasingly diverse population.

Select an icon below to join us on the journey towards a building a world in which occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people.

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COTAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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