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The mission of AOTA is

to advance the quality, availability, use and support of OT through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.


NSPOT-National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy.

According to the power point-1923
(book says 1921)

Became AOTA


World Federation of Occupational Therapists. To help OT's engage in international exchange, promote organizations of OTs in schools in countries where none exists.

What are some of the functions of AOTA

ensure quality of service
improve consumer access to health care services
professional development
advance the science of OT
increase public understanding of the value of OT
provide resources
grant opportunities and scholarships


American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Designed to advance the science of OT and increase public understanding of the value of OT. Provides resources to programs and individuals for the purpose of carrying out education and research.

Major activities of AOTA

assuring the delivery of quality OT services, improving consumer access to health care, and promoting the professional development of its members.

What are the purposes of a professional organization?

1. provide a communication network and channel info
2. regulate itself through development and enforcement of standards of conduct and performance.
3. guarding the interests of those within the profession.

What resources are available through professional organizations?

Continuing Education
Publications and research
Practice information

What are some of the benefits of joining AOTA?

tools and resources
cont ed
advocacy on your behalf
professional certifications
networking forums
career advancement via OT joblink

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