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 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 Live Virtual Event: "How do Payment and Policy Systems Influence the Practice of Occupational Therapy in a Variety of Settings?"

Join us on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 6:00 pm for our next ILOTA Live Virtual Event: "How do Payment and Policy Systems Influence the Practice of Occupational Therapy in a Variety of Settings?" Did you know? Many of the “policies” occupational therapy practitioners follow are not actual policies, but are myths, and have become "rules of thumb". Do you want to know more about how policy is impacting practice now? This discussion will explore how actual policies and regulations are impacting occupational therapy practice. This course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours of CE credit. Registration Fees: Members $25 - Non-members $50. (Not a member? Join here and register at the lower rate!) Read more and register here...


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 ILOTA Live Virtual Event: "Updates On the New Fieldwork Performance Evaluations and Formstack Online Evaluation Tool"

Academic Fieldwork Coordinators and fieldwork team members from the University of Illinois-Chicago and Midwestern University will provide a brief presentation on the newest version of the Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE). Join us on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 7:00 pm for this panel discussion targeted at fieldwork educators. This course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of CE credit for ILOTA members. (Not a member? Join here!) Registration Fees: FREE for members and non-members! Read more and register here...


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ILOTA's NEW Sexual Harassment Training Course is Now Available

This course fulfills the IDFPR sexual harassment training requirement to maintain OT licensure in the state of Illinois. This recorded course explores the relevance of addressing and preventing sexual harassment to the profession of OT. Free for ILOTA members, $25 for non-members. (Not a member? Join here and register for free!) Read more about our new course here...


New Update on 2021 Illinois Licensure Cycle (October 20, 2021) 

We wrote our ILOTA members on October 8, 2021, with an update from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) on the 2021 Illinois Licensure Cycle. As you already may know, IDFPR has now opened their online renewal process for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants as noted under the "Professions Currently in Renewal" section on the IDFPR website:  

Most of you already may have received your renewal notice via email. However, we've received a fair amount of questions from our members about the new online renewal process. So, our co-chair of ILOTA's Administration & Management Special Interest Section (SIS), Nancy Richman, has put together a few simple steps that might be helpful to you. And our ILOTA President, Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, prepared this PDF with screenshots that should prove very useful. Read more here... 


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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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