Occupational Therapy Day was first launched on 27th October 2010. Since then, it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.
The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession which globally comprises of 80 national occupational therapy professional organisations. World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of WFOT locally, nationally, and internationally.
The aim is that the WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day will be integrated with other national celebrations and promotions of the mission and goals of occupational therapy. Many countries hold occupational therapy week or month in October. If this does not fit with your country or time frame then individual events can be scheduled to suit any local time frames. This will help to increase the awareness of occupational therapists and society of the truly global impact of occupational therapy.
There are many ways to promote and celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day 2014.
The WFOT is providing a range of resources that you can utilise to help promote the event. Many of these items have been designed exclusively for World Occupational Therapy Day 2014 and they can be downloaded from Resource Centre > World OT Day:
Guide to World Occupational Therapy Day 2014 – A useful resource to help you plan and organise the event together with links to exclusive promotional offers.
World Occupational Therapy Day 2014 official logo free for you to download - available with and without the date in five languages.
Desktop calendars for use as your computer wallpaper
Social Media Pack with artwork for Facebook, Twitter and banner advertisements for you to use
OT4OT 24hour Virtual Exchange
The OT 24-hour Virtual Exchange (OT24Vx) started in 2010 and is held each year to celebrate World OT Day. This “follow the sun” conference is run by OT4OT, a small group of occupational therapists from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom; who are passionate about using online technology to advance entry level education, continuing professional development, research, and practice. This year the volunteer co-ordinators from OT4OT are Angela Hook and Sarah Bodell from the UK (University of Salford) and Karen Jacobs from USA (University of Boston) with help from our global colleagues.
This year the OT24Vx is extra special as it will be run in collaboration with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. There will be a different presentation every hour for 24 hours. The date of the event is November 3rd/4th 2014 – check the website to find the exact times for your region.
Speakers from around the world include: Dr Mary Law from McMaster University presenting on the 5th edition update of COPM; Nobuhiro Nara from Japan on OT development in SE Asia and Ritchard Ledgerd, Executive Director of WFOT. Other topics include: Waltz For Wellness, Using MOHO to improve fire safety and Play: An occupation overlooked in schools today?
Please join this exciting, free online event, hosted this year by the Eastern Washington University, in Spokane, Washington, USA.
The schedule of speakers and how to get yourself ready for the online event will soon be available on the OT4OT website and nearer the time, live links to each of the session will be posted.
For more information on how to get ready, please go to the website (http://ot4ot.com), or OT4OT on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @OT4OT #ot24vx14
We ask you to consider ways in which you can help WFOT support the development and provision of services internationally.
Many people may not know that WFOT delegates and the WFOT Executive are volunteers and give their time and expertise at no cost to the organisation. WFOT is currently funded through subscriptions from national associations and individual members.
On many occasions WFOT is asked for assistance and it does not have the resources to respond or the assistance that can be provided is limited due to lack of funding
Your contributions will assist the development of the profession internationally.
Please consider fundraising for WFOT. Payments can be made by credit/debit card and PayPal via this dedicated link http://tinyurl.com/WFOTDonation
All donations received incur a 12% + $0.40 levy to cover banking and administrative costs. Categories covered by the donations include; grants, translation, education consultations and scholarships. Award recipients must meet the stated obligations and are subject to its restrictions