Issue 2 Oct/Nov 2012


• Run for an of fice position on the Steering Committee • Become a AOTA Student Delegate for your school as px • Get involved with or create a Student Occupation Therapy Association “SOTA” at your school • Join live chat sessions hosted by the Steering Committee • Get connected to other OT’s and OT students on OTConnections / • Stay tuned for exciting events for students to get involved with that we will be highlighting in this newsletter!

Updates from the Chairperson November 9-10, 2012
Columbus, Ohio Get Ready to Kick Your Field Goals! As an occupational therapy student and soon-to-be new practitioner, you have already started setting up the field goals for your career. The 2012 AOTA/NBCOT National Student Conclave is a terrific opportunity for you to know how to score those points and be an OT pro! Here's why you should attend— • Evidence-based knowledge about current issues and emerging practice areas • Exclusive opportunities to speak with leaders and experts • Perfect chances to meet with job recruiters and have your résumé critiqued • Important information on the NBCOT certification exam • Super networking with peers from your school and across the country See you at the 2012 Student Conclave in Columbus, Ohio, November 9–10!



• The top 3 schools that receive the highest percentage of NEW SCC enrollment will be entered in a special raffle where 1 lucky person from each school will win a iPad2


• Winners will be announced at the Students Un-Conferenced event at the 93rd Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego on April 25, 2013. • And, we will also be recognizing the winning school’s delegates at the ASD annual meeting at conference for all their hard work, spreading the SCC word. Contest ends January 31, 2013.

• Completed cards must be mailed back to AOTA, Attn: Amanda Fogle, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 by February 7, 2013. • Online registration is also available at: Registration after January 31, 2013 will not be counted towards raffle. One registration per person please.

Turner Classic Movies to explore disability in film in October
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced that the Alliance for it will dedicate the month of October to examine how Hollywood depicts people with disabilities. Lawrence Carter-Long of the organization the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts will join TCM host Robert Osborne in presenting The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film. The special exploration will be aired on Tuesdays beginning October 2 at 8:00 p.m.

For the first time, TCM will present films with both closed captioning for people with hearing loss and audio description for people who are visually impaired.
The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film features more than 20 films that were released during the 1920s to the 1980s. "The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film is a valuable opportunity to take a deeper look at the movies we all know and love, to see them from a different perspective and to learn what they have to say about us as a society," said Osborne.

Boardroom to Classroom: A game changing opportunity!
What is it?
“Boardroom to Classroom is a program through the American Occupational Therapy Association that connects AOTA’s Board of Directors to student groups to increase their knowledge about professional issues and opportunities. Discussions are one hour-long question and answer teleconference or videoconference. They focus on one of six topics (Advocacy in Occupational Therapy, Importance of AOTA Membership, Getting More Involved in AOTA, Current Factors Affecting Occupational Therapy, Importance of Research and Evidence in the Profession, Recent Successes of AOTA for Occupational Therapy).”- Jaclyn Tarloff, MS, OTR/L creator program.

So how does it work?
Members of the AOTA’s Board of Directors interact with students via teleconference or videoconference in a question-answer format that revolve around topics of: Advocacy, Importance of AOTA Membership, Getting Involved in AOTA, Current Factors Affecting OT, Importance of Research & Evidence and Recent Successes in AOTA. After each session, both the BOD member and students are encouraged to leave feedback and comment of the effectiveness of the session to further empower others to get involved!


Student testimonials
• “I felt much more connected to AOTA. The discussion made AOTA seen real, not just an organization.” • “I learned a lot more about what AOTA and the website has to offer to students and beyond.” • “I really enjoyed the lecture… It was inspiring and it makes me want to be more actively involvedin AOTA.”

How to set up a Boardroom to Classroom session
Contact the Assembly of Student Delegates Steering Committee: ASD@AOTA.ORG

Share this information with your Student Occupational Therapy Association Advisor, or Program director to take full advantage of this game changing opportunity!




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