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Who is Grace Black? presents the history of occupational therapy in Oregon. Not intended as a comprehensive documentary, the book presents a chronology that hopes to reconnect current practitioners with occupational therapists of the past. Our stories build upon each other and strengthen the foundation of the profession, which is evident in the quality and diversity of today’s occupational therapy practice.



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Forest Grove, Oregon


History | Occupational Therapy | United States History


Sue Nelson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy. Sue worked for a few months at the VA hospital in Chicago, and then in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with polio patients and with blind children. She moved to Portland in 1958, where she had a vocational grant to test pre-vocational skills with cerebral palsy patients as well as in the Vancouver Public School System. In 1960, she got married, had children and dropped out of occupational therapy for ten years. Then in 1970, she took a reactivation course promoted by AOTA and sponsored by the state association. In 1971 she was in private practice as a community consultant in pediatrics to the Beaverton School District, Clark County School District, and the Vancouver School District. Sue gave up private practice in 1974 to work for the Beaverton school system as a pre-school consultant and team-taught handicapped 3 and 4 year olds. Sue was the recipient of the OTAO Award of Appreciation in 1978.

Who is Grace Black? Occupational Therapy in Oregon: Development & Historical Account of the Profession