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 ILOTA for These Free Virtual Events During OT Month!

Happy OT Month! We are pleased to announce a few free events planned this month to celebrate our profession and engage in relaxing or fun occupations with fellow ILOTA members (click here for more details):

Thursday, 4/1, 7:00 pm: ILOTA Town Hall (Zoom recording available here - Access Passcode: r.C4%Je0)
Sunday, 4/11, 2:00-3:30 pm: Zoom Art Studio with Mallory Siska (Zoom recording available here - Access Passcode: XECN#fH6)
Tuesday, 4/13, 12:00-12:30 pm: Meditation Minutes with Bridget Hahn (Zoom recording available here - Access Passcode: xi=*[email protected]) Click here to view a PDF of the presentation. 
Friday, 4/23, 5:30-7:00 pm: Indian Culinary Experience with Divya Sood (register here)


ILOTA’s School-Based Practice Special Interest Section (SIS) to Hold Town Hall

The School-Based Practice Special Interest Section (SIS) is holding a Town Hall meeting to explore educational licensure for school-based OT practitioners, and we are seeking practitioner input. There will be three separate Town Hall meetings, scheduled over three consecutive days to afford you a choice of what works best for your schedule, and will include a similar agenda. Please click here for the details. 

The Town Hall meetings are free and will be held via Zoom:

Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 6:00 pm Central (Click here to register)
Friday, April 23, 2021, at 7:30 pm Central (Click here to register)
Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 9:00 am Central (Click here to register)


Panel Discussion on Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 4th Edition

Join us on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 7:30 pm for a free virtual panel discussion over Zoom with the reviewers of the OTPF-4th Edition who will discuss the many changes within the document. Attendees are invited to view a brief video prior to the panel discussion. Click here for more information on the program, the video, and to register.

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ILOTA Legislative Action Alert! 

ILOTA is a member of the Coalition to Protect Telehealth that is requesting Illinois telehealth reform legislation to ensure coverage parity and payment parity of telehealth services with in-person services. On Feb. 22, the Coalition to Protect Telehealth, a group of more than 30 leading health care and patient advocacy organizations, including ILOTA, announced its support for the legislation.​ Please click here to learn more about how you can help!

Two Recent CE Webinars are Now Available!

The recordings and presentations of the recent virtual CE webinars facilitated by our current fieldwork students are now available. The topics are: "Connecting with Caregivers: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Enhancing Caregiver Self-Efficacy" and "Understanding Ergonomics and its Application to Occupational Therapy Practice". Click here to access.

Now Open: Call for Papers for our

2021 ILOTA Virtual Annual Conference!

Plans are currently underway to hold our 2021 ILOTA Virtual Annual Conference during the entire month of October. The Call for Papers is now open! Click here or on the logo below for details and access to the online proposal submission form.  The deadline to submit is April 23, 2021. The Conference Planning Committee is already meeting regularly, and we'll soon announce new details.


 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