100 Years of OT


President's Message

Heather J. Kitching, OTD, OTR/L

Celebrations of our profession’s centennial year continue as we welcome you to the 41st Annual Conference and Exposition held in our great state’s capital city, Sacramento. We are excited to present to you a blend of reflections on our past that have given shape to our present as well as a bold vision of the future.

Centennial celebration topics throughout the Conference will include discussions on the emergence of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree and its potential to shape the future, the arrival of licensure in the state of California and its impact, as well as a vision of global change presented by our keynote speaker, Frank Kronenberg, BSc (OT), BA (Ed). We are also excited and honored to celebrate the California practitioners named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s list of 100 Influential People. Come and meet some of these ‘greats’ in person as they share their wisdom with us regarding our rich past and promising future.

The visionary work of Sarah Bream, OTD, OTR/L, and her Centennial Float Committee started our year off with a level of pride and excitement like none other in our history. Persons whose lives were impacted by the profession proudly rode on the Centennial Float, humanizing the conceptual elements of what we do every day in practice. This theme of humanism, placing the life and dignity of individuals at the fore, is timely for our profession and our society. While debates swirl around us regarding priorities and values in the midst of social, political, cultural, and economic change, we must continually be nimble in revisiting and refocusing on the priorities of the profession in order to forge a future of occupational therapy’s impact within California. The success of OTAC’s leadership in advocacy for those we serve in the state is a testament to our vision of optimizing the life experience for all people who reside here. Please join us for these essential conversations regarding the humanizing process of volunteer leadership and Association functions in service toward achieving the best possible everyday experience for practitioners and those we serve alike. Positive change is within us — let’s come together to learn from the diversity among us and collaborate on a plan for future growth and responsible living.

We look forward to your participation in our Annual Conference for any number of offerings that serve you best! Networking, leadership, involvement, education, and collective excitement: all of this and more awaits you in Sacramento at the 41st Annual Conference and Exposition. See you there!

Heather J. Kitching, OTD, OTR/L
President, Occupational Therapy Association of California


Embracing Boldness - Celebrating 100 Years of OT!

It is boldness of thought, action, and advocacy that gives birth, sustainability, vibrancy, and importance to a profession. As we celebrate occupational therapy’s centennial, we pay homage to and celebrate those who embraced boldness to give birth to our profession, those who have been boldly shepherding and shaping the profession since those birth years, and to the generations who will lead our profession with boldness in the second centennial. Look for this symbol throughout the Conference brochure identifying sessions that represent professional boldness at some level. As you attend Conference sessions, you may well identify other sessions and individuals who display boldness – we celebrate them as well. Want to join the convo about occupational therapy, boldness, and what the future holds? Come Tweet with us at #OTbebold.


Chair's Message

Lisa Hiestand, MS, OTR/L

Dear Practitioners, Educators, Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

On behalf of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and the 2017 Annual Conference Committee, we are honored to invite you to the 41st Annual Conference in Sacramento, California. Our Conference theme this year — Celebrating 100 Years of Occupational Therapy — provides us the opportunity to embrace our past 100 years as a profession and prepare for the future.

Conference highlights include our keynote speaker Frank Kronenberg, BSc (OT), BA (Ed). He is an activist, author, and occupational therapy practitioner who is co-founder of the movement Occupational Therapists Without Borders. He is also the director and co-founder of Shades of Black Works located in Cape Town, South Africa, whose mission is strengthening places of origin, forging connections, and collective story-making. It is very befitting to bring his global perspective on occupational therapy and its relationship to humanism to our 100 year celebration.

Before what promises to be a thought-provoking keynote address, we invite you to come first for the Awards Ceremony where we will recognize those in our occupational therapy community who have made extraordinary contributions and who have had a positive impact on the field of occupational therapy. And don’t forget the grand opening of the Exposition. It is a fun and efficient way to become more familiar with schools, institutions, recruiters, products, and other resources that enhance our roles as occupational therapy professionals.

The Pre-conference Institute on Thursday, October 19 offers a wide variety of topics: dyslexia and dysphagia; alternative therapies such as scuba diving and yoga; transplant rehabilitation and lifestyle redesign; youth, technology, and leadership; as well as sessions with a global perspective and inspiration.

We invite you to kick-off the Conference experience with our Thursday evening complimentary movie night with free popcorn and PDUs. This is also an opportunity to pick up your registration materials to avoid the registration lines Friday morning.

We are excited to be in Sacramento again this year with the Hyatt Regency as the host hotel for Conference. With the State Capitol just across the street from the OTAC Conference, you will have the opportunity to become more familiar with the advocacy activities that provide support for legislative and regulatory efforts of the Association and our profession. Sacramento offers many opportunities to explore fine arts, history, and sports, as well as local dining and night life — all within walking distance. You can locate activities at www.visitsacramento.com/otac.
We look forward to you joining us for this celebration of 100 years of occupational therapy!

Lisa Hiestand, MS, OTR/L
OTAC Annual Conference Chair


100 Stories of Occupational Therapy

You are invited to share inspirational stories about your clients who have optimized their life experience through occupational therapy services.

Your stories may be selected for the collective 100 Stories of OT that OTAC will continue to share throughout the remainder of the year in celebration of the OT profession’s centennial. For your client stories to be highlighted, you and your clients must be willing to share personal perspectives on the OT service they received. If you want to share stories but you and/or clients want to remain anonymous, please include that in your message.

Send your stories (and accompanying photos if you wish) to us at 100storiesofOT@otaconoline.org

Be sure to visit the OT Centennial Celebration activities located in the OTAC exhibit booth at Conference.