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Vision Statement/Mission Statement/Core Values/Leadership Motto

Vision Statement

A world where all people participate in meaningful occupations to optimize their life experience.

Mission Statement

OTAC is the collective voice that serves, promotes, and supports the profession of occupational therapy and its practitioners.

Core Values

The Occupational Therapy Association of California adheres to the following core values to guide the Association's actions and decisions in pursuing its vision and mission, and carrying out the Strategic Plan.

  • INTEGRITY and COMPETENCE in its service to members, consumers, and other stakeholders.
  • PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP in providing vision for advancement of the profession.
  • ADVOCACY to secure and advance occupational therapy as a viable profession through legislative and political involvement.
  • AGGRESSIVE PROMOTION and ACCURATE REPRESENTATION of the profession in the marketplace.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT to provide quality education and resources to advance the knowledge, skills, and continued competence of occupational therapy practitioners.
  • VOLUNTEERISM providing the underlying integral foundation of the Association.
Leadership Motto

Take ownership. Respond quickly. Solve problems. Remember follow-up.


Code of Ethics for OTAC Members

Why have a code of ethics?
  • To define accepted/acceptable behaviors.
  • To promote high standards of practice.
  • To provide a benchmark for members to use for self-evaluation.
  • To establish a framework for professional behavior and responsibilities.
  • As a vehicle for the promotion of occupational therapy.
  • As a mark of professional maturity.
As an OTAC member, I make a commitment to:
  • Promoting and maintaining high standards in the delivery of quality, client-centered occupational therapy services
  • Recommending and providing occupational therapy services based on multiple sources of evidence, including research, best practices, and clinical expertise
  • Advocating on behalf of clients to ensure they have access to and receive the occupational therapy services they need
  • Maintaining professionalism in all interactions and practicing with integrity, respect, and inclusiveness
  • Observing confidentiality and conflict of interest standards across settings and situations and protecting the safety of clients
  • Educating consumers, professionals, administrators, legislators, organizations, communities, and other individuals and groups regarding the role of occupational therapy and the scope of services OT practitioners provide to promote engagement and participation in activities that are meaningful to individuals of all ages, with or without disabilities
  • Engaging in life-long professional learning to stay current and ensure competency in practice as well as actively participating in the growth of the profession
  • Understanding the implications and impact of documentation, billing requirements, and reimbursement policies from funding sources for occupational therapy services
  • Practicing within the parameters of local, state, and federal laws and regulations applicable to the practice of occupational therapy
  • Monitoring and participating in the improvement or development of laws, regulations, and policies influencing occupational therapy practice