Happy OT Month (2019)!

April is National OT Month and we have a lot to celebrate!

We are still coming off from a major milestone of 100 years of serving people to help them find meaning though activity. This is a tribute to our long term value as it evolves in traditional and non-traditional markets. As a matter of local pride, the OTAC organization has been around for over seventy years as we were founded in 1946. Hopefully we will continue to demonstrate value to our membership for more years to come. It has been 45 years since the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus was formed at AOTA and one of the foundering members of the Multicultural Networking Groups that are formally recognized at AOTA in 1993. Additionally, this year is the 60th Anniversary of Occupational Therapy Assistants who have been serving a vital role since World War II. There are currently about 55,000 OTAs in the United States. We are all grateful to the contribution of OT assistants to the occupational therapy profession.

Let’s take this month as an opportunity to educate your employer about the longstanding value of Occupational Therapy including its essential role in your organization and recognize the practitioners in your facility. It may be important to recognize that occupational therapy has a commitment to diversity in order to best serve consumers. It would be a great moment to show your appreciation for the Occupational Therapy Assistants in your facility with some kind of recognition. Consider ordering OT Month products online www.PromotoeOT.com. Lastly, if you can attend or let other professionals know about of the national opportunities for professional development offered by our national organization at the AOTA 2019 Conference and Expo going on in New Orleans April 4-7.

On a personal note, I would like to suggest reconnecting with those former classmates, co-workers or current colleagues to say have a great month! Use the hashtag #OTMonth and learn more at www.aota.org/OTMonth.

Have an excellent OT Month and get the word out!

Pamela DiPasquale-Lehnerz, MS, OTR/L
OTAC President