World Occupational Therapy Day

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.

What is World Occupational Therapy Day?

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession which globally comprises of 101 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.

When is it? Annually on October 27th

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.

Promoting and Celebrating World Occupational Therapy Day 2018 - Information and Resources

There are many ways to promote and celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day 2018. The theme for this year is “Celebrating our global community”

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 2018 and they can be downloaded from Resource Centre > World OT Day. These resources include:

  • Guide to World Occupational Therapy Day 2018– A useful resource to help you plan and organise the event together with links to exclusive promotional offers.
  • World Occupational Therapy Day 2018 official logo free for you to download - available with and without the date in different languages.
  • Posters for you to print or use online.
  • Social Media Pack with artwork for Facebook, Twitter and banner advertisements for you to use.
  • Join the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) and network with people around the world to share news and ideas about World Occupational Therapy Day.

WFOT Virtual Exchange 2018 #WFOTVX

WFOT is partnering with Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT) to deliver a new series of online interactive events. The event will be known as the WFOT Virtual Exchange (#WFOTVX) and will build on the annual online conference that was previously hosted and managed by the OT4OT team.

The #WFOTVX will be a series of one hour webinars hosted in different time zones throughout 2018 and 2019. They will also be available to download as a podcast.

Schedule (more dates and links will be added)

Session 1

Date: 27th October

Title: Launch of World Occupational Therapy Day 2018

Overview: Join Marilyn Pattison, WFOT President on the 27 October for a dedicated online session to launch World Occupational Therapy Day 2018. Learn more about the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and its role in promoting and representing the professional globally. This is interactive webinar that will be hosted live from Kazakhstan (ALMT) at 17.00hrs

The recording of this event is available at:

Session 2

WFOT’s second virtual exchange #WFOTVX will be taking place on the 5th December at 3pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).

This free one hour interactive webinar will provide practical examples of how podcasting can be used to promote and market occupational therapy.
The session is hosted by three international occupational therapists – Brock Cook, Stephanie Lancaster and Karen Jacobs .

The recording of this event is available at:

WFOT is partnering with OT4OT to deliver these sessions which is being supported by IOS Press, the publisher of the journal, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.

Sessions will be recorded and made available offline after the event.


WFOT is partnering with to support the OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS).

The OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS) will take place on Saturday 27th October 2018.

Who can participate?
Occupational therapy practitioners and students who would like to volunteer community service to an individual or organisation.

Who will benefit?
Everyone who receives volunteered community service benefits by the generosity of the participating occupational therapy practitioners and students.

How can I help?
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.

What kinds of things can I do?
A list of examples can be found via this link.

How do I sign up to promote?

  1. Register to participate in the Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service.
  2. Arrange to engage in a volunteer activity on October 27, 2018.
  3. Participate in the Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service.
  4. Complete the survey about your Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service experience

Where do I register?
Follow this link to the registration page.

Where do I complete the post-event survey?

After completing your service, follow this link to tell us about it.


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.

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.

Be Inspired: Previous World Occupational Therapy Day Activities

Celebrations were held around the world and on social media to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day in previous years. Examples of how people promoted the global profile of the profession are presented in the document below.

Read the World OT Day 2016 Roundup (PDF)

Access the World OT Day 2017 Roundup (Yogile)

World Occupational Therapy Day 2018 Roundup - see the celebrations from around the world on Yogile and Twitter.