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APTA is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the association, profession, and society.

Improving DEI requires intentional action across our profession and association — action by organizations and individuals.

Our resources include courses, lectures, and articles.

Use the DEI activity report form to share your actions so we can identify changemakers and best practices.

Email dei@apta.org to share your ideas.


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Component DEI Committees Reap Benefits

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