This year marked several important events in COTAD history! Since its establishment in 2014, COTAD has continued to grow and have an impact on the professional dialogue, student education, and professional practice in occupational therapy.
At this year’s AOTA Conference in New Orleans, LA, COTAD received a special shout out from AOTA President Amy Lamb, who highlighted our five year anniversary and the work we are doing and will continue to do in order to move our profession toward the Vision 2025 goal of being an “inclusive profession...maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living" (AOTA, 2019). Our ongoing collaboration with AOTA leaders helps strengthen our organization, increase our reach, and provides us with important opportunities to share perspectives, data, and resources with the national organization. Thank you, AOTA!
In addition to celebrating our five year anniversary, on DATE, 2019, COTAD officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! This is a huge step towards our ongoing goal to have national and international influence, as we will now have more opportunities to access valuable grants, develop community partnerships, and organize fundraising and education events. Additionally, we are able to accept donations and offer tax write-offs and other benefits to individuals and organizations who support our mission financially.
At AOTA19, COTAD leaders and members stayed busy hosting professional networking events, influential speakers, and leading Conversations That Matter, short courses, and workshops on various topics related to diversity and inclusion. Conference events started with the annual pre-Conference COTAD-ED “Discussions on Diversity” dinner and social, which included more attendees than ever before.
Throughout conference, COTAD was hard at work sparking discussion, making connections, sharing resources, and driving change. Check out the slideshow below for highlights from our fifth year and stay tuned for more changes to come!