The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) formed in 2014 through a collaboration that occurred between members of the AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program. COTAD has grown tremendously since its early days and has added individuals to its Executive Board and general membership. Now established as a non-profit organization, COTAD operates as group of individuals from across the United States all working towards a common goal of promoting diversity and inclusion within the occupational therapy workforce and increase the ability to occupational therapy practitioners to serve an increasingly diverse population.
To empower occupational therapy leaders to engage in practices that increase diversity, equity and inclusion for a more transformative occupational therapy profession.
A future in which occupational therapy is accessible, inclusive, and effective for all.
COTAD utilizes a multi-faceted approach to advance our mission and promote our vision, including:
Enhancing education and opportunities to improve service delivery. COTAD will accomplish this through the development of toolkits, media and professional presentations and publications focused on building diversity awareness and sensitivity.
Creating public campaigns that reflect a more diverse audience to demonstrate occupational therapy’s commitment to inclusion.
Developing resources for educators to use in the classroom that reflect a diverse range of experiences and promoting educational curricula initiatives to include diversity.
Developing student leaders and providing students with the skills and supports necessary to provide client-centered and culturally relevant occupational therapy services
COTAD utilizes a multi-faceted approach to make an impact at individual, group, and structural levels regarding issues of diversity and inclusion. Click on the image to open the OT Practice article on our framework.