It’s another Monday, but it’s not just any Monday – it’s the Monday before World OT Day 2014! This World OT Day, there are going to be so many amazing events around the world, and in this blog post I’m giving you lots of information about the event itself, this year’s global OT virtual exchange, the WFOT and how YOU can get involved!
What is World OT Day?
“World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) locally, nationally, and internationally.” (Google)
It’s also a great time to spread the word at your college, among your colleagues and in the community about the amazing work that occupational therapists do! Not that you shouldn’t be doing that every day, but you know what I mean. 😀
What is the World Federation of Occupational Therapists?
The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is an international organization that works to promote professional collaboration, the value of occupation and a global knowledge of occupational therapy in countries and locations around the world. Here is a more formal definition of their mission: “[The] WFOT promotes occupational therapy as an art and science internationally. The Federation supports the development, use and practice of occupational therapy worldwide, demonstrating its relevance and contribution to society.” (WFOT, 2014).
If you are interested in learning more about the work of the WFOT and its mission and accomplishments, check out their website. It also includes job listings from around the world, position statements on relevant issues and a wide variety of resources for therapy, education and advocacy that are available to anyone who would like to use them.
How can occupational therapy students, practitioners and advocates get involved?
If you are currently in a Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) club in a graduate or undergraduate program, you can make posters, host an event on campus or change the pictures on your social media profiles to get the word out!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Update your program’s Facebook and/or Twitter page with the official World OT Day banner and profile picture
- Change your profile picture, banner or cover photo to the official World OT Day image and have your classmates do the same
- Post a status or tweet about occupational therapy – find a cool article, a great picture or a local news story about how occupational therapy is impacting the world
- Participate in the World OT Day Virtual Exchange on November 3-4, 2014. Organize a viewing party with your OT program faculty, classmates, and friends to watch one of the many exciting talks that are happening this year! (More information on this below)
- Host a bake sale, with the proceeds going to the efforts of occupational therapists working locally or around the globe
- Create and display a poster or banner that people can write on expressing why OT is important or what it means to them
- Host an informational event on campus about occupational therapy
- Give a presentation to local primary, secondary or collegiate students about occupational therapy
- Volunteer with your SOTA or other group in the local community to give back and promote awareness of OT
- Have a T-shirt (or mug, or hat, or whatever else!) design contest to create an article that promotes occupational therapy – you can either give it to club members or sell items as part of a fundraiser!
What are the best ways to get involved with World OT Day on social media?
Use this link to access a “Pic Badge” you can use on Facebook to help promote World OT Day: http://www.picbadges.com/badge/3741032/?utm_campaign=retention&utm_medium=24&utm_source=email%23#
Save this image to your computer to use it as your Facebook cover photo (it’s conveniently already formatted!)
Like the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Facebook page to stay in the loop about upcoming events, online exchanges and happenings in the wide world of OT! https://www.facebook.com/thewfot
Follow these organizations on Twitter to celebrate with them and keep your fingers on the pulse of OT! And, of course, follow other national occupational therapy associations to stay informed about the state of OT around the world.
- World Federation of Occupational Therapists
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
- British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists (BAOT/COT)
- Occupational Therapy Australia
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
What about this year’s awesome global OT Virtual Exchange? (November 3-4, 2014)
This year, there is going to be another OT virtual exchange occurring all over the world! The event has happened before, but this is the first year it’s going to be happening in conjunction with the WFOT – so cool! You can tune in from anywhere, anytime, for 24 HOURS and listen to free talks about a wide variety of topics. Go here to find out more about the event, check out the schedule and note any talks that might be of interest to you.
The creators of the event, the lovely women over at OT4OT, have provided a great page with links to several resources that you can use to get ready for the event, make sure your computer (or whatever you’re using) is properly set up, and promote the event on social media! Check it out at the bottom of this page: http://ot4ot.com/ot24vx.html. Also consider following the “OT24Vx” (OT 24 Hour Virtual Exchange) page they created on Twitter to be sure you get all the information about the upcoming events!
I hope you’re as excited for World OT Day 2014 as I am, and I hope this post was full of resources you can use to get involved, spread the word and celebrate occupational therapy!