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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ILOTA is Celebrating an Advocacy Win!

On July 22, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 3308 into law, expanding access to telehealth services across the state. A key component of this law is payment parity - insurance companies will be required to reimburse for telehealth services at the same rate as in-person services. Many thanks to Clare Giuffrida, ILOTA's Early Intervention SIS Co-Chair, for representing ILOTA at the signing. Click here to see more photos and to read the official press release.

 

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Join Us on August 11, 2021, for our next ILOTA Live Virtual Event: "OT Voices: Rethinking and Rewiring our Thoughts About Injustice" - 2.0 CE Hours

In 2020, ILOTA added a Strategic Plan Focus Area on Inclusion and Diversity. Since then, the ILOTA Multicultural Liaison position transitioned into the Diversity Equity Inclusion Special Interest Section (SIS), which was then renamed the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) SIS. In order to continue efforts toward strategic plan objectives and the mission and vision of the JEDI SIS, this panel presentation is designed to inspire attendees to begin or continue addressing issues of systemic racism, occupational injustice, and social injustice within the occupational therapy profession. Please click here to see the eight distinguished panelists and their bio's. 2.0 CE contact hours. $25 members, $50 nonmembers. Click here for more information and to register!

 

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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LDP Mentor and Mentee Applications Now Being Accepted

The ILOTA Leadership Development Program (LDP) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting mentor and mentee applications for participation in this program. Click here for program information and the application forms. The deadline to apply is August 9, 2021.

 

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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