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This paper is a summary of an interview completed with Dr. Barbara L. Kornblau. Barbara is a licensed occupational therapist and lawyer who was interviewed by two occupational therapy students at the University of North Dakota as a part of a larger life history qualitative study that included 30 total participants. This study was done to gather an understanding of her experience in occupational therapy (OT). The interview was semi-structured and lasted approximately 90 minutes, followed by a transcription and data analysis used to organize the information into twelve codes and six emerging themes. This single interview is a part of a larger life history qualitative study to gather information in regards to the history and evolution of occupational therapy practice at the national level and beyond. The student researchers established an assertion statement from the interview with Dr. Barbara L. Kornblau. The assertion statement is as follows: Barbara L. Kornblau is a major contributor to the field of occupational therapy through her commitment to legislation and promoting occupational therapy. She has influenced changes at the state and national level to increase social and occupational justice for individuals with disabilities.

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Legislation, Inception, Disabilities, Occupational Justice, Leadership, sensory-related issues.


Occupational Therapy

Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of Dr. Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DASPE, CCM, CDMS, CPE