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Last week was a busy one for events that promote occupational therapy. On Wednesday, September 19 we celebrated AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness Day and on Saturday, September 22 we joined 70 other organizations celebrating National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Every year AOTA encourages members to create local events to promote these important days and to share resources with your community about occupational therapy’s role with backpack safety and falls prevention.
We asked 1-Minute Update readers whether they had planned events or were planning to share resources. Nearly 30% of respondents had planned an event to celebrate AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness Day! In fact, several readers left comments about their events (see below!). Here’s a graphic of the results:
Have you planned an event for National School Backpack Awareness Day (9/19) or National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (9/22)?
We’re happy to see that another 30% of readers said they would be sharing AOTA resources on either Backpack Day or Falls Prevention Day!
Because these are both annual events, we want to make sure that we provide AOTA members with the materials, ideas, and resources they may need to promote occupational therapy on both of these days. We want to know—what can we provide you to help you plan an event? What type of resources would you like us to create to help spread the word about OT on these events? Tell us in the comments!
Both Backpack Day and Falls Prevention Awareness Day were a success. Multiple media outlets covered both events (from local media to national media such as Reuters!).
Here’s what some of your colleagues told us about their events:
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Super job. Great ideas for next year. Have you ever done a program called "Car Fit?". If so, how did it go?
Sue Guerrette, OTD, OTR/L, BCG,CAE
AOTA Alt. Rep for Sara-Jane Crowley
FOTA Sanctioning Chair