Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates of Diversity (COTAD) Statement on Statements
February 20, 2021
COTAD was founded in 2014 and we have been doing work in diversity, equity, and inclusion in occupational therapy for nearly a decade. Our mission and work are to actively and earnestly redress the inequities and advocate for justice within our profession and in areas where occupational therapy practitioners work. You can find evidence of the concrete activities that we are consistently organizing to promote justice and equity in our annual reports, and we continue to learn and listen to those in our community who are most impacted.
Our society continues to face recurring acts of hatred and violence cultivated in a long history of racialization, minoritization, and oppression of historically excluded and stigmatized communities. Organizations release statements in support of communities that experience hatred and violence. While written acknowledgement in support of these communities is a contribution, it is not sufficient by itself. COTAD has determined that our best statement is our long-history of and ongoing mission-directed actions. Therefore, we will not publish future statements in reaction to one specific instance of violence or hatred in our communities.
We denounce any discrimination or unjust treatment based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, origin, age, and other protected classes.
We denounce police brutality, and we acknowledge that minoritized communities are disproportionately brutalized by police.
We denounce criminalization and violence against the LGBTQIA+ community, including trans and non-binary individuals.
We denounce the structural and purposeful exclusion of people with disabilities across our society.
We denounce all systems of society that are designed and implemented for the subjugation or humiliation of historically excluded and stigmatized communities.
Our mission is our statement. We commit to being action-oriented in our work and pledge to spend our time and energy bringing occupational justice to life.