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As the only national certification body for occupational therapy practitioners in the United States, NBCOT plays a crucial role in ensuring practitioners are prepared to provide evidence-based, effective occupational therapy services. In recognition of the importance of diversity and cultural humility in OT practice, NBCOT has taken steps to remain at the forefront of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the occupational therapy profession. For example, updated exam questions include questions requiring potential certificants to consider the cultural implications of care and clinical judgement related to treating clients with diverse sociocultural backgrounds. Still, the impact of this organization goes beyond exam preparation and professional certification. By making a $5000 donation to the COTAD nonprofit, NBCOT leaders have demonstrated their dedication to improving occupational therapy practice and services for all people and populations.
NBCOT leadership has committed to sponsoring a COTAD scholarship in 2021 to help promote diversity in the occupational therapy profession. In addition to the scholarship, NBCOT plans to provide exam Study Packs to each member of the COTAD Chapter that wins the annual Chapter of the Year competition. NBCOT leaders Paul Grace, Angela McCauley, and Becky Russell were instrumental in establishing this partnership and collaborating with COTAD Board members to provide vital financial and academic support for COTAD members and supporters.
“We look forward to continuing to support COTAD’s goals of igniting change and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for the OT profession and the populations OTRs and COTAs [serve],” Paul Grace, President and CEO said in a statement.
COTAD is deeply appreciative of NBCOT’s support for our mission of promoting justice, equity, and diversity in occupational therapy we look forward to implementing the scholarship program.