Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

4-20-2018

Comments

Presented at the 2018 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo

Abstract

Background

  • There is a current lack of diversity seen in OT classrooms across the country.
  • It is paramount we create a diverse occupational therapy student body in order to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve.
  • Students, educators, and therapists, need to develop cultural reflexivity, humility and safety when serving patients of various background (Taff & Blash, 2017).
  • Through establishing diversity and inclusion initiatives within OT education we can increase awareness and provide education that will radically shape the OT workforce in coming years.
  • Efforts to diversify OT programs is key to progressing as a profession, and reflecting the populations we serve (Taylor, 2007); thus achieving AOTA’s vision for 2025.

Language

English

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