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Research Article  |   April 1995
Building Inclusive Community: A Challenge for Occupational Therapy
Author Affiliations
  • Ann P. Grady, MA, OTR, FAOTA, is Director of Occupational and Physical Therapy, The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado; Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Training Director, Colorado University Affiliated Program; and Affiliate Faculty in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University. (Mailing address: 365 Eudora Street, Denver, Colorado 80220). This article is based on a lecture presented at CAN-AM, the Combined Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the American Occupational Therapy Association, July 1994, Boston, Massachusetts
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Health and Wellness / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / 1994 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture
Research Article   |   April 1995
Building Inclusive Community: A Challenge for Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1995, Vol. 49, 300-310. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.4.300
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1995, Vol. 49, 300-310. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.4.300
Abstract

Occupational therapy was founded on values of choice, relevance, and active participation in meaningful occupations. To assure choice in daily living, learning, work, and play for persons with disabilities or significant health issues, occupational therapy practitioners are challenged to gain increased understanding of the unique culture and community of each person and family with whom they work; create opportunities for these persons to develop their capabilities in community settings of their choice; promote more interactive models of practice in which the practitioner affects the arrangements between the person and society; work with communities to welcome the gifts of diversity; and develop skill in analyzing environments and facilitating environmental interaction. The environment category of the spatiotemporal adaptation theory is expanded and a communication model for collaboration in building individual community is proposed as means for addressing the challenges.