Celebrating Occupation - October is National Occupational Therapy Month



    OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - For many Canadians, participating in life's
activities is a routine occurrence. But what if you were to find the
activities that give meaning and purpose to your life have become too
challenging to take part in? You may be an adult who is suffering from an
illness or injury; a senior who has experienced a fall; an employee who is
returning to work after a mental health leave; or a child who has a physical
or developmental disability.
    By assisting people to do the things they want to do, occupational
therapists play an important role in enabling people of all ages and abilities
to participate in the activities which are important to them. Occupational
therapists help by working with people to overcome obstacles that prevent them
from getting involved in life's activities.
    During the month of October, occupational therapists celebrate
occupation. The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT),
together with their provincial/ territorial associations, raise awareness and
recognition for the 10,000 occupational therapists across Canada who are
committed to promoting health and well-being through occupation. These
organizations hold various events in their communities to increase the
understanding of the important role occupational therapy plays in creating
inclusive, diverse communities.
    The Occupational Therapy Month theme of "Yes I can!" communicates that
all people can and should participate in their desired activities, regardless
of age or ability. Occupational therapists are health professionals concerned
with helping people in their day-to-day occupations.
    The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is a national,
non-profit professional organization. It strives to advance excellence in
occupational therapy practice and to promote access to quality occupational
therapy services for all people of Canada. CAOT, along with its provincial and
territorial affiliates, represents over 10,000 occupational therapists and
almost 1,100 students.
    For more information on occupational therapy, visit www.caot.ca. To find
an occupational therapist in your community, visit www.otworks.ca and click on
OT Finder.




For further information:

For further information: Erica Lyle, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (800) 434-2268, ext. 225,
communication@caot.ca

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