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Research Article  |   July 1994
Dreams, Dilemmas, and Decisions for Occupational Therapy Practice in a New Millennium: A Canadian Perspective
Author Affiliations
  • Helene J. Polatajko, PhD, OT, is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, and Director, Graduate Affairs Program, The University of Western Ontario, Elborn College, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 1H1. This article is based on a plenary session presentation, 73rd Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, June 1993, Seattle, Washington
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Special Issue on CAN/AM 1994 – The Joint Annual Conference of AOTA and CAOT
Research Article   |   July 1994
Dreams, Dilemmas, and Decisions for Occupational Therapy Practice in a New Millennium: A Canadian Perspective
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1994, Vol. 48, 590-594. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.7.590
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1994, Vol. 48, 590-594. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.7.590
Abstract

This article presents the hope that, in the 21st century and the millennium it ushers in, the world will eliminate the concept of handicap by creating an environment where persons with different abilities can live with dignity. In this world, the focus of occupational therapy will shift from reducing impairment through purposeful activity to preventing handicap through enablement. Basic assumptions about occupational therapy and its values are provided, including that the ultimate goal of practice is the enablement of occupational competence.