OT Supports Inclusion and Nondiscrimination

OT Supports Inclusion and Nondiscrimination

The Holistic OT community embraces all of the unique abilities and gifts that each individual brings to the world. We support every person that makes up humanity—mind, body, and soul!

“Nondiscrimination exists when we accept and treat all people equally. In doing so, we avoid differentiating between people because of biases or prejudices. We value individuals and respect their culture, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and capacities, consistent with the principles defined and described in the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2010). Nondiscrimination is a necessary prerequisite for inclusion. Inclusion requires that we ensure not only that everyone is treated fairly and equitably but also that all individuals have the same opportunities to participate in the naturally occurring activities of society, such as attending social events, having access to public transportation, and participating in professional organizations. We also believe that when we do not discriminate against others and when we include all members of society in our daily lives, we reap the benefits of being with individuals who have different perspectives, opinions, and talents from our own.”

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2014). Occupational Therapy’s Commitment to Nondiscrimination and Inclusion. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, S23-S24. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.686S05

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