Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado




Dates: Conference events happening the month of October 2021

Click here to see the Conference Agenda

Click here to see the Speaker List

Meet our KEYNOTE SPEAKER SYREETA NOLAN! October 1st @ 7:00 pm MST

UC Health Sponsor

KEYNOTE: Disability JEDI Within and Beyond the Clinic (JEDI = Justice, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion)


Syreeta, a black woman with shoulder length dark brown Sisterlocs parted to the side and dark brown eyes smiling at the camera with an off white background. She is wearing blue earrings, a circular blue necklace, a white shirt and a business jacket with a white collarSyreeta Nolan is a disability justice advocate who serves as co-founder of Disabled in Higher Education on Twitter (@DisInHigherEd) and is the founder of JADE (Justice, Advocacy and Disability Education), a holistic disabled justice platform focused on empowering disabled students, faculty, staff and alumni through community and support.

Syreeta has a lived experience as a Black, Disabled, bisexual woman which has informed her advocacy goals along with her career goals. Syreeta hopes to expand the reach of health advocacy by bringing disability advocacy and health advocacy together.

Syreeta will share compelling personal stories and information to help us as OT practitioners to better practice - Disability JEDI Within and Beyond the Clinic

OTAC Conference Agenda At A Glance


  • October 7th @ 7 pm MST - Panel Presentations ("Puppy Panel" with Juliette and Clover from Regis University followed by "OT Practitioners and Their Animals Panel" - animal themed night with contests)

  • October 8th @ 5:30 - 8 pm TGIF Student Meet up networking groups followed by Student night activities from 7-8pm 
  • October 14th @ 7 pm MST - OTAC President Address, Marjorie Ball and Agatha Jackson award presentations

  • October 15th-16th  - OTAC Virtual Conference (full days) Click here for the agenda

  • October 21st @ 7 pm -  OTAC DEI/JEDI presentations and discussions on Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • October 22nd @ 5:30-7 pm TGIF OT/COTA Meet up Networking groups
  • October 28th @ 6 pm - OTAC Legislative update and OTAC Lobbyists Presentation

  • October 28th @ 7 pm OTAC Annual Business Meeting

Attend live or watch recordings! All registrants receive access to all recorded presentations (except "live only" presentations), AND A BONUS!



Why Attend?

Last year's OTAC online conference was voted 4.5 out of 5 stars by attendees, and this year's conference promises to be even better! And super affordable!

The schedule this year will be a mix of engaging speakers, interactive workshops, a "puppy panel," exhibitor presentations, round tables and group meetups, contests, fun social activities, AND you'll get 2 for the price of 1!

When you register for the 2021 conference you will also get access to watch most of the recordings from the 2020 conference! (about 30 extra hours of amazing presentations!)

Can't attend all the live sessions? No problem! All registrants this year will have access to the recordings of the presentations until December 31, 2021.

Register early for the best price and to start networking with other attendees and exhibitors on the OTAC Conference Whova app 

Juliette and Puppy Clover REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

(Juliette and Clover hope to see you there!)

REGULAR REGISTRATION pricing October 1-31st

  • OTAC MEMBER OTR - $125



  • NON-MEMBERS - $187



Please join us for OTAC's 2021 Conference!

Click here to check out our current 2021 Exhibitors Page. More exhibitors coming soon!

OTAC welcomes your support and we are excited to offer the opportunity for you to share with our registrants.

OTAC will be using the Whova conference app again this year which will provide connection to conference attendees for up to 6 months, with the option to host a virtual exhibitor booth and/or become a corporate member or event or keynote speaker sponsor (Corporate members receive a discount on exhibitor and sponsor fees).

In 2020 OTAC had 3 sponsors that generated 211,303 impressions!

Exhibitors and sponsors have featured profiles in the Whova app as well as separate webpages.

2021 Sponsor Opportunities:

Whova Exhibitor Booth:  $150  ($75 for Corporate Member Sponsors)

Event Sponsor (includes exhibitor booth): $500 (limit 2)

NEW! Sponsor closed captioning and live ASL interpretation for our Keynote Speaker: $350-500 (Contact OTAC @[email protected] if interested)

For more information on the Whova app for exhibitors and sponsors please visit: https://whova.com/pages/whova-app-exhibitor-guide/

For more information about becoming a corporate member (to receive discounts and promotional opportunities for a full year) please visit: https://www.otacco.org/corporate-membership

Thank you for your support and sharing with OTAC conference attendees!

        Register as a Sponsor or Exhibitor      


Live your best lifeWhat is OT?

Occupational therapists (OT) and occupational therapy assistants (OTA) work with people of all ages in order to help them live their best lives!

Occupational therapy practitioners believe that for people to be healthy and happy, they must be able to engage in a wide variety of "occupations," which refers to any and every activity people are "occupied" with during their daily lives. These occupations may be as basic as caring for oneself (grooming, personal hygiene, eating) or as complex as learning to play with other children, participating in school activities, holding a job, caring for one's children, participating in sports, or maintaining meaningful relationships with others.

In Colorado, individuals may directly request OT services (without a referral) or the request may come from a family member, an employer, teacher, friend, physician, or other professionals. 

Occupational therapy is offered in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, neonatal units, skilled nursing facilities, mental health organizations, private practice clinics, home health agencies, community settings, and more. 

Occupational Therapy is a service provided by professionals who have successfully completed an extensive postsecondary OT education program AND who have passed a national certification examination. Registered Occupational Therapists (OTRs) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) work with people of all ages to enhance their performance of important everyday activities (occupations) despite the effects of illness, disability, or injury.Helping with Grocery shopping

Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled problem solvers who are committed to finding ways to reduce the negative impacts of a disability, illness, or injury on everyday functioning.

Live your best life with occupational therapy!

For more information about occupational therapy, please visit the web site for the American Occupational Therapy Association at AOTA.




Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant Roles

NOTE: This is a general description for information purposes only. Licensed CO practitioners need to follow current state rules and regulations which can be found at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) at https://dpo.colorado.gov/OccupationalTherapy 


Occupational Therapist Roles

Occupational Therapy Assistant Roles

  • Performs and documents initial and ongoing assessments of patient's condition.

  • Establishes a plan of care which is appropriate to deficit areas identified and involves the patient/family according to their capabilities and desires. Educates the patient and family/caregiver about patient deficits.

  • Plans and/or assists with patient discharge from therapy services and treatment settings. Provides information regarding appropriate selection/use of adaptive equipment and support programs.

  • Supervises and delegates the care provided by certified occupational therapy assistants and therapy technicians according to established licensing laws, state regulations and practice standards.

  • Performs and documents patient treatment with supervision of registered occupational therapist.

  • Implement established plan of care under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

  • Collaborates and provide feedback to registered occupational therapist on patient progress.

  • Collaborates with occupational therapist on therapeutic goals for patient. 

  • Collaborates with registered occupational therapist in analyzing client factors, performance skills, performance patterns, and contexts and environments necessary for patients to engage in their everyday activities.

(AOTA, 2021)



Supervision: OT/OTA Relationship. The OT/OTA relationship is a collaborative team that works together to determine goals and interventions to support patients in participating in daily meaningful occupations.he OT/OTA relationship is a collaborative team that works together to determine goals and interventions to support patients in participating in daily meaningful occupations.

"Supervision," is a process in which two or more people participate in a joint effort to promote, establish, maintain and/or evaluate a level of performance. The occupational therapist is responsible for the practice outcomes and documentation to accomplish the goals and objectives. 


Levels of Supervision

  • "Close supervision" requires daily, direct contact in person at the work site.

    • Specific examples of an OTA needing “close” supervision: A therapist who is new to a particular task, a new graduate or an experienced practitioner who has switched to a new specialty. 

  • "Routine supervision" requires the supervisor to have direct contact in person at least every two weeks at the work site or via telehealth with interim supervision occurring by other methods, such as telephone or written communication.

    • Specific examples of an OTA needing “routine” supervision: Once a new practitioner has increased his/her level of expertise and knowledge of the task at hand, he/she may be able to transition from “close” to “routine” supervision. 

  • "General supervision" requires the supervisor to have at least monthly direct contact in person with the supervisee at the work site or via telehealth with supervision available as needed by other methods.

    • Specific examples of an OTA needing “general” supervision: A skilled OTA that has worked in the area of practice for many years and has been observed in a treatment session by their OT supervisor. If the OT is confident with the OTA, and the OTA has demonstrated service competency, they can go forward with once per month check in meetings (AOTA State Affairs Group, 2021). 

  • Supervision of students in level II settings:

    • Please reference the following document from AOTA.


 Reasons you should be an OTAC member!

OTAC MembersOTAC is 100% member-funded!

The financial support from our members goes towards supporting our legislative efforts on behalf of occupational therapy practice in the state of Colorado.

OTAC also offers members continuing education discounts,  networking activities, and leadership and volunteer opportunities.

In October, we offer an annual conference, and in 2021 OTAC will be offering additional professional development activities including free contact hours for members, panel discussions, townhall meetings, and more!

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