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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.

APTA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan outlines necessary actions and best practices to help us live our shared vision of a more equitable and inclusive organization and profession.

Other resources identified below include courses, lectures, and articles.

Use the DEI activity report form to share your actions so we can identify change-makers and best practices, and email APTA DEI to share your ideas.

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Recognizing that so many feel discouraged at growing resistance to DEI efforts, lecturer Julian Magee challenged the profession to turn discontentment into divine dissatisfaction.

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