The Mission and purpose of OTNA is to advocate for Native Americans with disabilities, so that they can attain the highest quality of life possible through gaining their physical, psychological and spiritual independence. Advocacy can take on many forms such as, education, knowledge of resources, development of resources, cultural competence development of occupational therapists and mentoring. There needs to be one voice and that is the voice of humanity that advocates for equality in the provision of occupational therapy services and social justice so Native Americans, with disabilities, can also live life to the fullest!

The History

The Mission & Purpose

Occupational  Therapy for Native Americans

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  1. To advance an understanding of the unique cultural needs of Native Americans.
  2. To advocate for Native Americans with disabilities.
  3. To provide a venue where occupational therapists can learn more about the Native American culture so they can provide culturally competent services.
  4. To serve as a place to network
  5. To recruit and retain Native Americans into the profession of occupational therapy.
  6. To develop and share resources

Objectives

 


About Us

 

The OTNA used to be the Network for Native American Practioners (NNAP).  The number of Native American Occupational Therapist Registered and Assistants is extremely minimal.  There are many more non-Native occupational therapist providing services to Native people that the focus of the association needed to change.  The need for advocacy needs to come from occupational therapists of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disabilities/abilities, sex, political beliefs etc…  There needs to be one voice and that is the voice of humanity that advocates for equality in the provision of occupational therapy services and social justice so Native Americans, with disabilities, can also live life to the fullest!