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AOTA invites you to share your practice innovations, research, and experiences by submitting a proposal to present at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo Salt Lake City, Utah, April 19-22, 2018 (pre-conference institutes - April 18).

Your involvement determines the outstanding professional development opportunities that AOTA continues to deliver. Please accept this invitation to submit your proposal for the premier educational opportunity of the year!

Suggestions for topic areas:

  • Academic & Fieldwork Education
  • Children & Youth
  • General & Professional Issues
  • Health &Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Productive Aging
  • Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation
  • Work & Industry

Research sessions only:

  • Assessment/Measurement
  • Prevention and Intervention (e.g., Efficacy)
  • Translational Research (e.g., Effectiveness)
  • Basic Research
  • Health Services Research

Proposal submissions are accepted through the OASIS online submission program. We suggest that you complete the submission template before entering your information in the OASIS submission program. This will allow you to spell check your work and ensure that you are within the noted character limits and serve as a copy for your records.

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Click Below to Access the AOTA Multi-Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (MDI) Network Toolkit as released April 16th during the 2015 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo in Nashville, Kentucky

Check Out This Article From the March 7, 2014 edition of The Jewish Press


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OJOTC OT's in the News


Reflexes Seminar Draws Big Crowd

A 4-hour seminar on "The impact of Primitive Reflexes on Development, Sensory Processing, and Academic Achievement" held Sunday, January 26 presented by OJOTC member Paul Stadler MS, OTR/L, NDP (INPP) drew a full house.

The in-service program was a joint effort of Trinitas Children’s Therapy Services of New Jersey and OJOTC.

It was held at the TCTS offices in Springfield, NJ


Presentation at Yeled V Yelda

Shoshana Shamberg OTR/L, MS, FAOTA (president of Abilities OT Services and Irlen Visual Learning Center) presented a well attended one day seminar sponsored by Yeled V Yelda in Brooklyn , NY for therapists and educators - "How Sensory Processing Disorders Affect Learning, Working, Behavior and Attention" focusing on Brain Gym and Irlen Method.  Practical strategies were presented for handwriting, self regulation, motor coordination, visual/auditory processing, brain injury, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia,  and much more.  For more information call Shoshana Shamberg at 410-358-7269 or visit www.irlenvlcmd.com and www.aotss.com



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Check Out page 118 of the December 2011 Issue of the Jewish Press for the special magazine "Building Blocks"....


...and an article on our OJOTC Shabbat Program in Indianapolis
also check out this article by OJOTC member Paul Stadler on page 68 of Building Blocks



Have You Read This Article in the August 31, 2009 Issue of OT Practice?
"Evidence-Based Practice Resources - Health and Wellness" was written by OJOTC Member Marian Arbesman and Deborah Lieberman.
The article explores the role that health and wellness have played in the OT profession and how the focus has shifted slightly over time into two new paths.
It is interesting and informative reading for all OT's and OT students.
Congratulations to Marian for her efforts in adding to the base of information as part of AOTA's Centennial Vision.
If you have not read the article, click on this link to read it.


..Or This Issue of OT Practice?


Yes, that’s Jennifer Tamar Kalina with one of her Multiple Sclerosis clients on the cover.

Inside is a fascinating article written by Jennifer on “The Role of Occupational Therapy in a Multiple Sclerosis Center

Jennifer is one of the original members of OJOTC and has been with us at every AOTA National Conference since we began.


If you have not read the article, click on this link



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Do you need a calendar listing days of Yom Tov for your employer or school?
Click on this link and we will e-mail you a PDF copy of our  OJOTC Yom Tov Calendar for the years 2010 through 2020


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Follow this link to a fascinating article from "Advance for OT", written by Sharon Brooks, OTR/L of Lebenon, New Jersey

How We Got Started....


January 20, 2006

Tamar Fromm had planned to spend Shabbat in her hotel room. Friday night dinner would entail little more than a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich. An Orthodox Jew, Fromm, who keeps kosher, brought sandwich ingredients from home in New York to Long Beach, Calif., where she was attending the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

By Friday afternoon, however, Fromm, an occupational therapist who treats people with multiple sclerosis, had met several other observant Jews attending the conference in May.  Fromm, 25, scrapped her plans for a sandwich dinner, in favor of a makeshift celebration with about ten Shabbat-observant OTs. They lit candles on the hotel pool deck, and then gathered in a conference room for dinner. There was schnitzel from a local kosher restaurant, salad prepared by one conference-goer, and a jar of gefilte fish picked up by another.

The dinner launched Orthodox Jewish Occupational Therapy Chavrusa (www.ojotc.org). The caucus advocates on behalf of observant Jews working in occupational therapy, a field that in the past decade has become increasingly populated by Orthodox women. Though this particular group has long been a presence in the profession, Orthodox women now account for more than a third of students pursuing master’s degrees in OT at several New York-area universities, including Columbia University, State University of New York-Downstate, and Touro College, according to anecdotal evidence.

Follow this link for the rest of the Jewish Week article





Staten Island OT Stephen Altmark was featured June 13, 2005 on WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News" at 5 p.m. in a story about use of specially adapted pinball machines for children receiving Occupational Therapy.


Students at the Hungerford School on Staten Island play pinball machines during class time.  They're students with special needs and the machines are adapted to help them reach goals in Occupational and Physical Therapy.
These pinball machines are the first in a public school anywhere.  Each one costs about $6,000 and is adapted from a standard machine, with switches added that can be used by students with different disabilities.

To watch the video of the story click here



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