Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences welcomed occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students from across the state for the annual Florida Occupational Therapy Association Conference (FOTA.) More than 300 participants converged on the College campus while Reconnecting Art & Science with Occupational Therapy (this year’s theme.) FOTA is a state-wide organization that supports education, provides a vehicle for therapists and students to network, and encourages research in the field.
An inspiring keynote was presented by Wendy Stoeker, OTR/L. Wendy was born without arms, but did not let that stop her from fulfilling her dreams. She was a member of the swim team while in college and graduated with honors as an occupational therapist. Ms. Stoeker is a national speaker and author who promotes a positive outlook on life and encourages her audiences with the belief that there are no limitations other than those that we impose on ourselves.
More than thirty-three exhibitors presented booths ranging from product vendors to employment recruiters, as well as a representative from the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from FHCHS were the 2009 State OTA Poster winners. Their submission, Cognitive Group Activities for the Education of Alzheimer Patients, impressed the judges and helped the College win the 2009 honor.
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from FHCHS were proud that their campus was the host of a state-wide event. FOTA visitors remarked about the beautiful campus, lovely facilities, and up-to-date technology that Florida Hospital College is blessed with.
The 2009 FOTA conference will not be soon forgotten, occupational therapy truly can change lives.