Impact of COVID-19 on our Community

ILOTA recognizes the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on individuals, families, the nation, and our world as we all adapt to these uncertain times. Please see the updated (January 2021) COVID-19 Resources Guide for more information on what we have compiled for our members, the public, and OT practitioners throughout Illinois.

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Our 2021 ILOTA Virtual Annual Conference is Underway - Registration Remains Open!

We launched our 2021 ILOTA Virtual Annual Conference on October 1st! Hundreds of registrants are currently viewing our 70 on-demand courses and earning their CE certificates. Our 16 Live Sessions begin on October 4th and run throughout October. So there is still time to register! Earn 40+ CE hours and complete Sexual Harassment and Ethics training courses in time for the 2021 licensure cycle. The Live Sessions will occur throughout October and the on-demand Short Courses and Poster Sessions will be available throughout October and November! Click here or on the logo above for the details/registration form and a link to our online brochure to browse the courses.


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 Congratulations to ILOTA's 2021 Award Winners!

The 2021 ILOTA Awards recipients were honored on October 16, 2021, during our virtual Annual Business Meeting & Awards Ceremony. You can view all of this year's winners here. Congratulations to our 2021 award winners!


Update on 2021 Illinois Licensure Cycle

ILOTA has learned that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is transitioning to a new renewal system. The renewal is expected to open a little later than usual this year. IDFPR reports that an announcement will be made and an email sent to licensees when the renewal officially opens. Once the renewal is available, you will see the profession listed under the "Professions Currently in Renewal" section on the IDFPR website: 


Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Special Interest Section (SIS) Upcoming 2021 Meetings

The JEDI SIS has several upcoming monthly Zoom meetings that are free and open to anyone: COTAD Connections Meetings and the JEDI SIS Committee Meetings. Click here for more information and to view the schedule.


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Help Promote OT in Illinois with Video Clips

ILOTA is currently working on developing promotional and educational videos and content about OT from Illinois OTs, OTAs, and students!  We would love contributors from as many practice settings and geographical regions of Illinois as possible, so please consider contributing! Click here for more information and for a link to sign up.


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New! Browse our Complete 2021 ILOTA Live Virtual Events Series

We have held 10 online educational programs through the first six months of 2021, and we have now grouped the content from them in one location. The programs have been part of our ILOTA Live Virtual Events series that began in February. Nine of the events were recorded, and they are available to view at your convenience. These include all five of our OT Month events in April, the "Advancing OT Through Advocacy and the Legislative Process" program from February, the "Re-framing Pediatric Occupational Therapy – What does it really mean to be holistic?" event in May, and more! (Note: CEUs were available only to those who attended the live virtual sessions.) Take a few moments to browse our new ILOTA Live Virtual Events website page


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ILOTA Vision

ILOTA is a multifaceted association committed to enhancing health and well-being through the utilization of best occupational therapy practices in Illinois.

ILOTA Mission

ILOTA is recognized as the premier occupational therapy resource in Illinois. We strive to advance the best practice of occupational therapy through serving, supporting, and promoting the profession.

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       Congratulations to our 2020 ILOTA Award winners!

  • Honorary Lifetime Member Awards – Clem Carder, COTA/L, LMT, CKTI & Gail Fisher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Award of Merit – Linda Olson, OTR/L
  • Public Awareness Award – Laura Van Pumbyrouck, PhD, OTR/L
  • OT of the Year Award – Kelsey Watters, OTR/L
  • OTA of the Year Award – Abigail Swidergal, COTA/L & Joni Kamstra, COTA