Celebrating World OT Day 2017

World OT Day 2017 is fast approaching! On Friday, October 27, 2017, occupational therapy practitioners around the world will be engaging in activities to increase awareness of the profession, share knowledge, and network. World OT Day is a wonderful opportunity for OT practitioners of all backgrounds, nationalities, and practice areas to come together to celebrate occupational therapy and make a statement about why our profession matters. Below is information about World OT Day 2017 documents, materials, and events.

The OT 24-hour Virtual Exchange (#OTVX2017)

The OT 24-hour Virtual Exchange (OT24VX) started in 2010 and has been held each year to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day. It has been run by Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT), a small group of OTs from the United States, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom in collaboration with the WFOT. The organizers are passionate about using online technology to advance entry level education, continuing professional development, research, and practice.

This year the OTVx will be an 8-hour interactive online conference with invited speakers including Handicap International who will discuss conflict and emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO) discussing the Assistive Technology/GATE Programme; two keynote speakers, Marleen van Doesburg-Kaijen and Claire Craig from the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) Annual Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia and our WFOT President, Marilyn Pattison.

World OT Day 2017 Resources from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

This year’s theme is “Inform, Inspire, Influence,” and there are many resources available for free use for educational and celebratory events. These materials can be downloaded HERE.

Options for download include a guidebook, official logo, desktop calendars, printable posters, social media materials for Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.

You may also join the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) to meet and share ideas with OT practitioners from around the world on World OT Day and every day!

Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service (OTGDS) - October 27, 2017)

The website “Promoting Occupational Therapy” will continue its tradition of facilitating an international day of service and education to promote occupational therapy. OT practitioners and supporters are encouraged to develop and register service events that benefit their communities and promote the profession.

OTs from around the world are participating in a variety of service activities at school, senior centers, community settings, and other locations. Sample events include creating holiday cards, fundraising for disability rights organizations, leading CarFit events, falls prevention programs, adaptive horseback riding programs, and more! How will you get involved?

If you are planning an OTGDS activity, submit your information HERE to be included on the global list!

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