We work best when we do the work together.  Here are some phenomenal OT organizations you should know about! 



The American Occupational Therapy Foundation is the nation’s leading non-profit investing in new OT research and the future OT workforce. Founded in 1965 as a scientific and educational charitable organization, AOTF serves the public interest by supporting OT research and increasing public understanding of the important relationships between everyday activities (occupations) and health. It accomplishes its aims through grants, scholarships, programs and publications. All of this work is made possible through the generosity of charitable giving by a community of donors.

AOTF is a vital resource for all OTs. To learn more about our work, receive news and updates, register for events and our research journal, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, and support occupational therapy with a philanthropic gift, please visit us at www.aotf.org 


American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

The American Occupational Therapy Assocation (AOTA) is our national OT organization that aims to advance OT practice, education, and research through standard setting and advocacy on behalf of its members, the profession, and the public.

AOTA has a wealth of information, resources, and supports to answer questions you may have about scope of practice, advocacy concerns, education standards, evidence-based practice, and legislative and political impacts to our profession. https://www.aota.org/


World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)

The World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) is the international voice for occupational therapy. They are a global network of 105 member organizations. They set the standard for occupational therapy education internationally and promote excellence in research and practice.  WFOT offers an annual OT day that raises awareness for the profession and provides a platform to celebrate and exchange the diversity of their members. https://www.wfot.org/about


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

 The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accredits occupational therapy education programs and occupational therapy assistant educational programs. ACOTE establishes, approves, and administers educational standards to evaluate occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs.

Though ACOTE has been a function of AOTA since 1923, ACOTE has complete autonomy in establishing standards for educational programs; developing and implementing policies, rules, and procedures for conducting accreditation reviews; and making accreditation decisions.  https://acoteonline.org/


Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO: USA)

 The SSO: USA is a research society that strives to build the body of knowledge in occupational science to benefit humanity. This organization is comprised of interdisciplinary professionals who aim to study occupation without need for clinical application, but rather to understand the fundamental nature of occupation itself. https://ssou.memberclicks.net/


North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy (NCBOT)

The North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy (NCBOT) was established by the 1984 NC General Assembly in order to provide for the regulation of persons offering Occupational Therapy services to the public.

 If you have questions about scope of practice, the OT practice act, licensure requirements, or concerns about an OT practitioner, the NCBOT board and website will be helpful: https://www.ncbot.org/


National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

 The National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is a national organization that provides certification for occupational therapy professionals. They strive to serve the public interest in its diversity by advancing just, equitable, and inclusive client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification practices and the validation of knowledge essential for effective and safe practice in occupational therapy. https://www.nbcot.org/


Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)

 The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) formed in 2014. This non-profit organization operates as a group of individuals from across the United States all working towards a common goal of promoting JEDI, anti-racism and anti-oppression within the occupational therapy workforce and increase the ability to occupational therapy practitioners to serve an increasingly diverse population. https://www.cotad.org/


Multicultural, Diversity, & Inclusion Network (MDI)

 The Multicultural, Diversity, & Inclusion (MDI) Network is comprised of independent advocacy groups that represent diverse individuals within the OT community. They are an incredible link to a variety of communities aimed at supporting diversity and inclusion within the occupational therapy profession. https://ojotc.org/mdi/