Creating a Welcoming and Safe Environment

AOTA is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive conference in person in Orlando and on-demand online. AOTA upholds Occupational Therapy’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Representative Assembly’s policies “Affirming Gender Diversity” (2021) and “Affirming Sexual Orientation” (2022). The City of Orlando has received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for nine consecutive years, based on how inclusive their municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ+ residents and visitors.

Attendees will be welcome to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. As a lessee of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), AOTA can request that restrooms be used as they specify.

AOTA recognizes that some attendees may have concerns about their safety while onsite in Orlando. AOTA will be working closely with our industry partners – to include the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), all AOTA contracted hotels, and the shuttle provider to ensure our attendees experience a welcoming and safe environment.

The OCCC Security team’s mission is to provide a safe and friendly environment for everyone. Center security detail maintains 24-hour security, overseeing all public areas, concourses, back of house areas, parking lots, and related exterior grounds. Additionally, they maintain an extensive relationship with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, as well as many federal law enforcement agencies. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office assigns deputies to the facility on a regular basis. In addition, everyone in the OCCC must have an AOTA registration badge or an OCCC staff badge.

All AOTA event participants are expected to treat others with respect and follow the AOTA Event Code of Conduct.

Why Orlando? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions about AOTA INSPIRE 2024.


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