The Texas Occupational Therapy Foundation (TOTF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in the State of Texas in 1996. The Foundation works to increase scholarly inquiry in occupational therapy, to increase evidence in and for occupational therapy practice and to increase public awareness about the practice of OT. The idea behind the foundation is to support and promote research related to clinical practice specifically developed by Texas OT practitioners.
The Foundation has an annual competition for small grants for Texas OTs. To date the Foundation has provided four grants all which have been successfully completed. Each grant recipient has presented the results of his/her research at a TOTA conference.
In conjunction with TOTA’s Annual Conference, TOTF sponsors a Research Forum in which research papers are presented, a poster session, and various discussion sessions about topics of interest related to practice and research. Additionally, TOTF events featured such speakers as Betty Abreu, Winnie Dunn, Kitty Reed, Helen Cohen, and Joan Rogers.
Funds for the Foundation are raised in various ways. Past events such as Breakfast with a Scholar, a Basket Auction and an OT Quilt Auction have been popular activities to raise funds and awareness of the Foundation. The Foundation also raises funds through donations and the sale of selected publications.
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