We Now Have an Academy, NART
The founding of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists was made official with the filing of the Articles of Incorporation. The Articles of Incorporation for NART were filed with the Office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina on June 28, 2011. Ray West, M.S.,LRT, CTRS, submitted the Articles signed by NART President, Frank Basile, Ph.D., CTRS.
NART is an honorific society made up of the most accomplished leaders in the recreational therapy profession, with its central purpose being the advancement of the recreational therapy profession.
The academy will offer a means to establish forums for exchanging knowledge and advancing the intellectual understanding of recreational therapy. It will promote rigorous preparation for practitioners and scholars. It will promote broader public understandings of recreational therapy. It will strive to be a trusted source for thoughtful deliberation in order to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers to assist them to arrive at informed decisions. Additionally, it is anticipated that the members of the academy will also be able to identify important issues, to rigorously examine them, and to disseminate reports on these issues. Finally, we perceived that the members of the academy will maintain regular liaison with professional organizations focused on recreational therapy.
The initial meeting for the 21 Founding Fellows and 16 Founding Associate Fellows is scheduled for September 20, 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A website for the National Academy of Recreational Therapists will soon be established where further information will be posted on the founding of NART and the officers, Founding Fellows, and Founding Associate Fellows will be listed.