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OTAC Bylaws Update

Posted: July 11, 2018 

As you know, the ad hoc Bylaws Committee has been meeting to review and propose updates to the OTAC bylaws.

What are bylaws? The Law Dictionary definition of a bylaw is: “a rule adopted by an organization chiefly for the government of its members and the management of its affairs”. Bylaws are a formal document that governs an organization’s actions and that provides guidance on the actions of the association board and membership.  

What has the bylaw committee been doing? The bylaw committee has been meeting regularly over the last several months to go through the association’s bylaws to ensure accurate and updated language, improved clarity and structure, and to a lesser degree, modify some of the content.

What are the next steps? The proposed bylaw changes will be submitted to the OTAC board by the secretary at the July 9th OTAC meeting. The OTAC board will have until early August to review the proposed bylaw changes, provide any comments, and vote to approve as being ready to submit to the OTAC membership. The bylaws will become open to the entire OTAC membership for review and comment on the OTAC website by Labor Day (9/3/2018). At the annual OTAC conference and business meeting on October 12-13, the bylaws will be presented to the membership for a final vote for approval.

Ravi Hunjan, OTR/L
OTAC Secretary


Join OTAC at One of Our Upcoming Contact Hour and Networking Opportunities

Posted: July 10, 2018

Please register online prior to the event following the register link provided. If you have any questions regarding each event please visit our website and/or email Kylie Sleeth at [email protected].

Aging in Place as Long as it Makes Sense
*2 contact hours awarded
The baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and are now driving growth at the older ages of the population, estimating more than 20% will be 65 by 2029.  This course is designed to provide practitioners with strategies of how to effectively determine when aging in place does not make sense. The presenters will review the fundamentals of the aging population challenges including objectively measuring long term care options, healthcare costs related to falls, aging in place through healthcare and accessible equipment at home.  Through an interactive adapted home environment, course participants will identify characteristics of safely aging in place and practical tips to incorporate these skills in their own practice.
When: Thursday, July 19th, 2018, 4:00-6:00 p.m.`
Location: Accessible Systems Adapted Show Home, 3025 W. Jefferson Ave. Englewood, Colorado 80110
Free for OTAC members, $20.00 for non members

Register here!

Talk Like a Shrink: Building Working Alliances and Practitioner Resiliency
This informative presentation will give the OT Practitioner insight on dialogue between psychiatrist and client, such as what things may be discussed during the interview process. Obtain a more in depth understanding of the information gathering process for mental health treatment. For more info about this event and to learn more about the guest speaker, visit our website!
When: Thursday, August 9th, 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Denver Health, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
*visit our website for parking info & directions to the presentation
$10.00 for OTAC member, $20.00 for non members

Register here!

Student Corner: Pima Medical Institute Update

Posted: July 10, 2018

On behalf of the students of the Pima Medical Institute OTA Program, thank you for your generous donations for the Denver Autism Speaks Walk that was held on May 6th. Your contributions helped us raise $1,798. This well surpassed our original goal of $500!  Your donations will go towards research, funding of local services, and advocating for legislative change for all people with Autism. More information regarding Autism Speaks can be found here:

Pima Medical Institute OTA students participating in Autism Speaks walk on May 6th.

Andrea Susi, OTAS
OTAC Pima Medical Institute Student Representative

Please Welcome OTAC's New and Returning Members

Posted: July 10, 2018

Please welcome this week's new member:

  • Marie Andrews
  • Rachel Lohrman
  • Kristin Turner

This week's renewing members are:

  • Noelle Benda
  • Lucy Bosio
  • Krista Covell - Pierson 
  • Patty Fantauzzo
  • Jennifer Iverson
  • Michelle Jackson
  • Jeanelle Kintner
  • Lyndsay Laxton
  • Abby Lindsey
  • Devon Morgan
  • Natasha Smet

We are glad you are here another year!

Remember, the bigger the number, the bigger the voice. We are excited these members have joined OTAC to let all of our voices be heard. 

OTAC members: View the online membership directory (you must be signed in as a member). Also, search for a member. Not a member? Join us!


Final week to Submit Proposals for 2018 OTAC Conference!

Posted: June 27, 2018

The 2018 Annual OTAC Conference will be held October 11 and 12, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast located at 3155 S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014.

The OTAC Conference Committee needs YOU to help contribute to education, brainstorming, and the creativity of the occupational therapy community in Colorado.

The Committee is looking for submissions related to this year’s theme- The Challenge of Change. What new, innovative, and functional treatment techniques are you using? In what ways are you promoting the distinct value of Occupational Therapy or enhancing others’ health and wellness?

Feedback from attendees over the past couple years has included interest in a comprehensive format of best practice therapeutic applications, evidence-based research, and interactive workshops relating to a spectrum of settings and subjects.

OTAC Conference Committee members are available to have conversations with people who have a proposal idea and would like to brainstorm or get help in submitting the proposal. All proposal ideas are welcome to be discussed- email [email protected] for details.

Please click here to submit your proposal by June 30, 2018.
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