Helping Canadians Overcome Obstacles - October is National Occupational Therapy Month

    OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - There are so many routine tasks Canadians
perform every day-from walking up a flight of stairs to opening a jar to
driving to work. But what if you couldn't perform these tasks because of
illness or injury or aging or disability?
    That's the job of over 10,000 occupational therapists across Canada.
Occupational therapists play an important role in enabling people of all ages
and abilities to overcome obstacles and fully participate in activities that
are important to them.
    During the month of October we celebrate the work occupational therapists
do every day through National Occupational Therapy Month. Throughout the
month, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) together
with their provincial and territorial associations raise awareness and
recognition for the part occupational therapists play in promoting health and
well being.
    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.
    With the upcoming federal election, National Occupational Therapy month
highlights the need for greater access to service and the need to work toward
an interdisciplinary approach to health care. "Health care is not, nor has it
ever been, simply about providing a uniform solution," says CAOT President
Elizabeth Taylor. "It is about a variety of services working together for the
health and well being of Canadians."
    "Occupational therapists provide a valuable service to millions of
Canadians. We should encourage health care solutions that allow greater access
to occupational therapists nationwide."

    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 To find
an occupational therapist in your community, visit and click on
OT Finder.

For further information:

For further information: Graeme Burk, Communications Coordinator
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (800) 434-2268, ext. 225,

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