1917: The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy is born!
On March 15, 1917 The NSPOT, or the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy hosted its first meeting! The meeting took place in Clifton Springs, New York and some of its 26 members included famed disabled architect George Barton, psychiatrist and “father” of occupational therapy William Dunton and Eleanor Clarke Slagle, a pioneer in OT who is often referred to as the “Mother of Occupational Therapy.” The meeting contained 26 members, and was somewhat inspired by the need for Occupational Therapists or “reconstruction aides” for World War I veterans. The participants hoped that this meeting would be able to help introduce Occupational Therapy as a part of routine healthcare. NSPOT eventually went on to be called the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
1926: The Creation of the Pledge and Creed for Occupational Therapists
In 1926 the Pledge and Creed for Occupational Therapists was officially released. This document acted as an early draft of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics that is used today, and features a pledge to “wholeheartedly service in aiding those crippled in mind and body.” Of course “crippled” is an outdated term, but the pledge to help those who need it through the art and science of Occupational Therapy still stands almost a hundred years later.