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Ontario Citation Award presented regarding National Occupational Therapy Month

September 29, 2006

National Occupational Therapy Month - October 2006
Access occupational therapy to build the skills for the job of living

TORONTO, September 29, 2006

Finding solutions to promote early intervention for Canadians who need hip and knee replacements is one of the reasons The Arthritis Society (Ontario Division) is being honoured with a Citation Award from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.

Citation Awards are bestowed to recognize the significant accomplishments of an agency, program and/or individual within each province/territory that has contributed to rehabilitation, community health, self-help groups, provincial, territorial or municipal government initiatives in health care or other related programs. Citation Award winners will have demonstrated support of occupational therapy philosophy and their nomination will have been endorsed by their provincial/territorial organization.

The Arthritis Society advocates for services on behalf of four million Canadians diagnosed with arthritis. The Ontario Division reaches Ontarians through 20 branches across the province. Ontarios occupational therapists and the clients with arthritis they serve have benefited from the services, education, and support received by The Arthritis Society. The Arthritis Society recognizes the important value of occupational therapy to safeguard the health of Canadians and enable participation in work and leisure activities that they find meaningful.

The Arthritis Societys commitment to evidence-based practice, knowledge transfer, and support to health care professionals is appreciated by occupational therapists. For example, the Getting a Grip on Arthritis initiative, offered primary health care providers the opportunity to participate in training workshops to enhance assessment skills and learn about community resources so that they could provide helpful advice to their clients.

CAOT Citation Awards are presented to recipients typically during October, which is National Occupational Therapy Month. This year's theme "Yes I Can!" communicates that all people can and should participate in their desired activities, regardless of age or ability.

The Citation Award will be presented to The Arthritis Society on Sept. 29, 2006 at the Westin Prince Hotel, Exhibit Hall, in Toronto at 5:30 pm, during the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapistsannual 2006 conference.

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.


Tanya Baglole
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Tel.: 1 800-523-2268, ext. 225, 613 523-2268, ext. 225
Fax: 613 523-2552
E-mail: communication@caot.ca

Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists
Tel: (416) 322-3011, (877) 676-6768
Fax: (416) 322-6705
E-mail: osot@osot.on.ca

Deirdre Lall
Communications Manager
The Arthritis Society (Ontario Division)
Tel.: (416) 979-7228, ext. 351
E-mail: dlall@on.arthritis.ca


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