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 73 national occupational therapy professional organisations. WFOT 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 2012.
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 2012 and they can be downloaded from Resource Centre > World OT Day:
World Occupational Therapy Day 2012 official logo free for you to download
World OT Day 2012 posters one of which is available in 5 languages
Desktop calendars for use as your computer wallpaper
Cover art images for you to download and use on your social networking websites – three to choose from!
60th Anniversary Poster - Limited edition
Picbadges free for you to download
Free 24 Hour Virtual Exchange
German Association Website (DVE)
World Occupational Therapy Day information and resources can be accessed in the 'World Occupational Therapy Day' category of the Resource Centre, select "World OT Day".
On World Occupational Therapy Day 2012, WFOT is partnering with www.promotingot.org to support the OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS). For more information about how you contribute to OTGDS, go tohttp://promotingot.org/global-day-of-service-how-can-i-help then register at http://tinyurl.com/OTGDSregister
If you wish to use your WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day activities to raise funds, consider making a donation to WFOT.
Any donations should be sent to the Vice President Finance (email email@example.com for further information). Funds raised through WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day will be used to promote and develop occupational therapy projects e.g. Occupational Therapy Outreach Network (OTION), Disaster Preparedness and Response Project, Congress Attendance Fund, Country Development Work. Please note that fifteen percent of all donations support infrastructure needs.
View videos of celebrations:
Opening ceremony - Lighting the traditional oil lamp - 6.5MB
Evening session - Cultural show - 2MB
Evening session - Wheel chair dance by patients - 8.5MB