While many of us have summer vacations on our mind, AOTA staff members are already gearing up for fall. AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness Day is set for Sept. 19, 2012.

Each year on the third Wednesday of September, occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students from across the U.S. show others how to properly choose, lift, and carry backpacks, briefcases, purses, and more.

Are you planning to participate in this year’s event by hosting a workshop or backpack weigh-in? Be sure to visit AOTA’s webpage devoted to the event for more information, tips, handouts, and more.

Check out these tips for a successful event. To share ideas and ask for suggestions, visit the Backpack Day Forum on OT Connections.

Please let us know about your National School Backpack Awareness Day event by e-mailing kriley@aota.org.