Asian Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association

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multiculturalism and 
cultural proficiency
in occupational therapy practice

The mission of the Asian/ Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association (APHOTA) is:
  • to advance a greater understanding of Asian/Pacific cultural issues affecting occupational therapy practice, and
  • to support career opportunities and advancements in occupational therapy by people of Asian/Pacific heritage.

The purpose of the organization is to:

  • Serve as a liaison between occupational therapy practitioners about Asian/Pacific cultural issues affecting occupational therapy practice and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Promote scholarly activities and research on Asian/Pacific cultural issues affecting occupational therapy practice
  • Identify and work to achieve common goals and needs
  • Promote and support learning and scholarship
  • Support Occupational therapy practitioners emigrating from Asian/Pacific countries with transition and integration into the North American occupational therapy practice
  • Promote occupational therapy education and scholarly exchange among Asian/Pacific countries and North America.

The Association was established in 1995 as Association of Asian/ Pacific Occupational Therapists in America (AAPOTA) and underwent a name change in 2013.

Please Take the Anti-Asian Pacific Islander Bias Survey (Anti-AAPI BS)

Researcher: Elizabeth Ching, OTD, M.Ed., BSOT, OTR/L, Assoc. Prof., Samuel Merritt University. 

The Anti-AAPI BS is a brief 20-question IRB- approved survey that is anonymous and is intended for individuals who racially identify as AAPI to record their experiences on a spectrum of bias, from microaggressions to violence. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. 

To take the survey, please click here.

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1440 S. Byrne Rd.

Toledo, OH 43614

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