World 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 is made up 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 2013.
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 2013 and they can be downloaded from Resource Centre > World OT Day:
World Occupational Therapy Day 2013 official logo free for you to download - available with and without the date.
World OT Day 2013 poster available in 4 languages
Desktop calendars for use as your computer wallpaper
Cover art images for you to download and use on your social networking websites – five colours to choose from!
OT Global Day of Service
The WFOT is partnering with www.promotingot.org to support the OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS) which is taking place on Sunday, 27 October 2013.
Occupational therapy practitioners and students who would like to volunteer community service to an individual or organisation.
Everyone who receives volunteered community service benefits by the generosity of the participating occupational therapy practitioners and students.
Service is not always about direct action—it can be providing free professional, creative and organisational services which can have an equally profound effect on the programs and causes that need your help. Basically, when you engage in an unpaid activity intended to benefit others, that is service.
A list of examples can be found via this link http://promotingot.org/global-day-of-service-how-can-i-help
Join your colleagues by completing this form http://promotingot.org/register-get-started-today
When you have completed your service we ask that you provide your feedback using this form http://s.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22E3M2A6MBQ
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