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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Join Us for our Next ILOTA Live Virtual Event on Saturday, July 10th: “Promoting Occupational Performance Across the Covid-19 Continuum”

This virtual course aims to understand the Covid-19 disease process and its impact on occupational engagement, including disease signs and symptoms, treatment options, and therapeutic interventions across the continuum of care. Join our presenters, Katherine Breen, MS, OTR/L, and Jazmine Mack, OTR/L, on Saturday, July 10th, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. This course has been approved for 1.5 CE contact hours. $25 ILOTA members, $50 non-members. Click here for details and to register. (Not a member? Click here for our membership options!)


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Instagram (@ILOTA1918) Live Event with the Early Intervention (EI) Special Interest Section

ILOTA will be hosting an Instagram Live Event from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 23rd. Moderated by ILOTA's Executive Board Director of Communications Molly Bathje, PhD, OTR/L, this free event will include an interview with an EI Service Coordinator and an EI OT Practitioner. You can follow ILOTA's Instagram account now: @ILOTA1918. Or click here or on the image above to be linked to the Instagram Live Event on June 23rd at 6:00 pm!


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

ILOTA's new JEDI SIS is holding two free Zoom meetings in June, and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. The COTAD Connections Meeting will be on Thursday, June 24 @ 6:30pm, and the JEDI SIS Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 29 @ 5:00pmClick here to review the agenda and discussion items for both meetings. No need to RSVP - just send an email message to [email protected] to request the Zoom meeting links. 


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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