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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community



WVOTA joined AOTA and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country as we help others Live Life To Its Fullest by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks and bags. Students, parents, educators, school administrators, and community members will learn safety tips to stay protected from back pain throughout life. You have the chance to help by organizing local events and educating people of all ages about proper bag usage. Teach others how to properly choose, pack, lift, and carry various types of bags—including backpacks, purses, briefcases, and suitcases. 

We typically celebrate AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness Day annually on the third Wednesday of each September. This year's event will officially take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

The OTD mandate, announced by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)  in August of 2017 continues to be a serious point of discussion within the profession.  Late Friday, the AOTA Board of Directors passed a motion to put the mandate into abeyance (hit the pause button) until the Representative Assembly can address member concerns.  This follows ACOTE reaffirming their intention to move to the OTD as the  entry level degree for occupational therapists and to maintain two points of entry (Bachelors and Associate) for occupational therapy assistants. 

I'd like to thank Sarah Merritt for her contribution to the state and the association. Sarah has decided to step down from the position of Vice Presideint of WVOTA at this time but will remain an active member, contritbuting in new ways. And, we'll all see Sarah at confernce this fall!

When an office is vacated prior to the term's end, the executive committee will appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term (in this case, 1 year).  If you are interested in being considered or would like more information, please let me know (  

WVOTA is working on some very exciting initiatives and the new VP will have the opportunity to contribute to the state and the profession at a time when we are poised to make a big impact!  

 Did you know you can access (for free) exciting cutting edge research?  

The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE) is an open access, peer reviewed journal publshed by EKU facultyand devoted solely to publishing research and other relevant information related to occupational therapy and occupational science education. You can read the lastest issues here

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession. You can access the journal here:  If you subscribe to OJOT (again, free) they will send you an email to let you know when new issues are published. 

Thank you to Kelley Ware, past secretary of WVOTA. Kelley has decided to step away from the role of secretary in order to bring more occupational balance to her life -- Kelley will be active in transitioning the role to our new incoming secretary. Per our bylaws, when a position is vacated, the board will appoint an interim to fill the position until the next election cycle. The members of the board acknowledge the duties of the secretary have expanded over the years. To that end, two members have been appointed to fill this important position. We are pleased to announce Jacob Greenfield will be serving as Corresponding Secretary and Amy Wix will serve as Social Secretary. We're up to some exciting work at WVOTA -- if you are interested in volunteering or being more involved in small tasks or ready for more leadership in the state, we want to hear from you!

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - West Virginia University occupational therapy students recently developed a device for a 10-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, who has difficulty using his arms and hands. 

The video of him using this got hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes on Twitter.

Eli Holp doesn't let this disability stop him from doing the things he loves. He was born with the disability that limits the use of his hands and arms.


The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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