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Welcome to the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association. We are a non-profit,  volunteer organization that provides a professional community for its members.  We represent occupational therapy to the public, engage in activities to advocate for the profession, and provide continuing education opportunities for all occupational therapy practitioners. 


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The Vermont Occupational Therapy Association just received word from our compact bill sponsor and fellow Occupational Therapist, Mary-Katherine Stone, that H.247 was signed by the governor today!

Vermont will be the 29th state to enact the OT Licensure Compact. Thank you to Representative Stone and to the American Occupational Therapy Association for their support, and to our dedicated members who advocated for this bill. We are excited to see this legislation improve occupational therapy practice in our state. 

-The VOTA Board of Directors




THANK YOU TO THE 2024 VOTA CONFERENCE SPONSORS 

Gold Level Sponsors-



Wheelpad-

WheelPad L3C is dedicated to helping people live in a home they love. Universally accessible homes keep families together and create true housing choice for all. WheelPad creates housing solutions to make it easy to live, work, and play at home.WheelPad builds modular accessible housing that can rapidly make any property a safe and cozy universally accessible place. We aim to help people have more housing choice: whether they are seeking to stay in their home as they age, or recover after an accident. For more information or questions about WheelPad contact RJ Adler at (802) 458 7194, or rj@wheelpad.com.




Amramp-

Amramp of VT & Western MA
76 Hartness Avenue, Unit 2

Springfield VT 05156

(844) 726-7327 x2

Amramp of Vermont and Western Massachusetts is a franchise company that specializes in providing wheelchair ramps. Our ramps are fire proof and winter proof and designed to make buildings and public spaces more accessible for people with disabilities, seniors, and anyone with mobility issues. Amramp was founded in 1998 and is headquartered outside of Boston Mass where all of our products are designed and manufactured.https://amramp.com

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UVM Medical Center Rehabilitation Therapy-

At the University of Vermont Medical Center our team of over 40 occupational therapists offer a  compassionate, patient-centered approach to care that is backed by evidence-based research. Our occupational therapists provide treatment in both inpatient and outpatient locations serving patients with a wide range of orthopedic, neurological, and developmental conditions. Our settings, and specialty services include a Level 1 Trauma Center, Inpatient Rehab Facility, Hand  Therapy, and Driver Rehabilitation.  We have interdisciplinary clinics and programs for ALS,  concussion, movement disorders, assistive technology, pediatric feeding, and pain management. As an academic medical center, we strive to continually add to the body of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of Occupational Therapy and we support the training and development of   students and practitioners at all experience levels.

https://www.uvmhealth.org/medcenter/departments-and-programs/occupational-therapy




UVM Entry Level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy-

The UVM Entry-Level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) welcomed its first cohort in Fall, ’22.  The UVM OTD program is currently in the candidacy phase of accreditation.  Members of VOTA assisted in the curricular design, and the program is designed with a strong experiential learning component that blends the art and science of the occupational therapy profession.  It is an integral program of the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS).  CNHS is home to approximately 1200 students in eight different health professions comprising seven undergraduate and six graduate degree programs including an interdisciplinary PhD. The UVM OTD program is committed to inter-professional education, ensuring students are positioned well for entry-level practice, supporting the local OT community, and utilizing educational innovation. https://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/rms/entry-level-occupational-therapy-doctorate-otd




National Seating and Mobility

National Seating and Mobility was founded in 1992, and originally had 5 locations.  We now have 272 locations across 45 states, and 4 locations in Canada.  NSM arrived in Vermont during June of 2018 when it acquired the Complex Rehab division of the Medical Store.  We are committed to providing the most experienced service and effective products to our clients, as well as professional clinical support to therapists and physicians.  https://www.nsm-seating.com/




VT Adaptive Ski and Sports-

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports - Daily Year-Round Sports and Recreational Programs for People with Disabilities

Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year-round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. Vermont Adaptive is recognized for its client-centered programs and for providing access and instruction to sports and recreational activities with the belief that these things provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual. Vermont Adaptive’s Veteran Ventures Program serves to support those military servicemen and women to experience a new sport or excel in an existing one while creating a safe social community of friendship and trust. To learn more about any of Vermont Adaptive’s programs, visit www.vermontadaptive.org




Just Grow Play-

JustGrowPlay, LLC was established in 2019 by founder Ellen M. Cullen, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCP, in Rochester, NY, to provide product development and consultation services to individuals and organizations who seek to enhance function through the occupation of play.

Visit our website to learn more!www.justgrowplay.com




My Motor Mats

Deirdre Andrews, MS, OTR/L in Massachusetts

The development of My Motor Mats started in 2018 and comes from my love of working with children who have motor planning and sensory processing challenges.  I was experiencing roadblocks and challenges with being able to create permanent sensory paths in our school building and My Motor Mats was born.  Creating a sensory path that is re-movable and also customizable was an exciting adventure to embark upon.  I hope that you will find My Motor Mats to be a creative way of increasing opportunities for children to explore and participate in academic learning coupled with sensory motor activities.    

My Motor Mats is not just a sensory path, it is a tool to bridge academic learning with movement.  Research tells us that it is the variability of practice across multiple settings in an unpredictable sequence that helps to support motor learning (Jarus, 1994).  My Motor Mats affords therapists the ability to vary motor tasks across settings.  My Motor Mats sensory path and academic packs will provide near endless motor activities that will enhance your skills as a therapist and increase engagement for all children.  https://mymotormats.com/


Bronze Level Sponsor-



North Country Hospital-

Our region is beautiful and is surrounded by mountains and lakes for those who like outdoor activities. We are roughly 2 hours from Burlington, Vermont, 1 hour from Sherbrooke, Quebec, 2 hours from Montreal and 4 hours from Boston. North Country Hospital is a rural hospital located in Northern Vermont, with a progressive outpatient department, inpatient department, school, home health, and skilled nursing contracts. We currently have five OTRs. We have a certified hand therapist on staff who provides orthosis fabrication and training. We also provide ergonomic consultation for our hospital employees. Our occupational therapists provide services for all outpatient care (adults and pediatrics). We provide pediatric school based services for the local school district. Our OTs also contract to support home health OT services. Visit us online at www.northcountryhospital.org.




VT AMBUCS

Vermont AMBUCS, a local chapter of National AMBUCS, is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides adapted tricycles for children, teens and adults as well as scholarships for graduate level therapy students.  Vermont AMBUCS is celebrating its 17th year and has provided over 500 adapted AmTrykes that are custom fitted to each rider.  This has been possible through individual and corporate donations.  To learn how to donate as well as become a member contact us at https://www.vtambucs.org/  or vtambucs@gmail.com




Rutland Regional Medical Center

As the needs of our community have grown and changed, so has Rutland Regional, adding services, staff and facilities. Today, Rutland Regional Medical Center is a 144-bed hospital, employing over 1,800 professional and support staff including over 240 providers trained in more than 40 specialty areas. Providing preventive, diagnostic, acute and rehabilitative services, Rutland Regional Medical Center serves Rutland County, portions of southern and central Vermont and communities in eastern New York State.




Mobius Mobility

Mobius Mobility manufactures the next generation iBOT® Personal Mobility Device (the "iBOT® PMD"). With advanced electronics, sensors, battery technology, and software, the world opens up to you in an iBOT®.  Traverse sand, snow, mud, curbs, and inclines with terrain following 4-Wheel Mode. Family day at the beach or hiking trail with friends? You're in. No curb cut? No problem.

Move and interact with others at standing height in Balance Mode. Connect with people at eye level and reach that upper shelf.

Use Stair Mode to climb up and down stairs, indoors or out. Climb independently or with the help of a trained assistant, depending on your ability.

Use remote mode to load your iBOT® PMD into a van or SUV with fewer or even no modifications.

And enjoy the benefits and simplicity of a conventional power wheelchair using Standard Mode for indoor tasks and ADA compliant environments.

Reach. Climb. Go. You can do all these things and more in the iBOT® PMD.

https://mobiusmobility.com/




LegiLiner

Polly Benson, OTR/L

OT Handwriting Coach

Creator, Patent Pending Legi Liners

614-579-1142

www.LegiLiner.com

Designed and Distributed in America by a School Based OT Teacher

More than 10% of our profits go to support special needs.

Empower teachers, Engage students and Give to special needs.

Available in 19 styles of lines or shapes to accommodate for curriculums, special needs or just for fun to adapt practice pages on the fly. All LegiLiners are self-inking, rolling stamps for writing, music or math. They come pre-inked and will last 6 months or more depending on how much you use them.  LegiLiners have oil based, smudge proof ink which won't dry out. You can easily refill them with our small or large ink refill pods.




HipMe

HipMe is dedicated to redefining the convenience of carrying technology and essentials throughout the day.  Our innovative product, the TechnoBag, is designed to offer a hands-free, comfortable and efficient way to keep necessary items accessible.  It's particularly popular among healthcare professionals for its ease of use and functionality, enhancing their work efficiency and client care.  The TechnoBag's design accommodates a variety of items, ensuring they are readily available without hindering movement or activity.  Wrap the satchel around your waist or sling it across your chest, liberating your hands for the tasks that truly matter. For more information, please visit www.HipMe.Us.





Thank you for joining us for our 2024 Annual VOTA Conference and Business Meeting!

Here is the link to our conference information:


2024  Annual VOTA Conference and Business Meeting



Would you like to take a UVM OTD student for a Level II fieldwork placement between May, 2024 – December, 2024?  If so, please contact the UVM OTD Academic Fieldwork, Dr. Kimberly Krebs at kimberly.krebs@med.uvm.edu.

UVM Graduate OT Students seeking housing opportunities for their summer and fall 2024 fieldwork experiences.

Please complete and share the following Google Form if you or someone you know are able to help:

https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSeiKTgPTO.../viewform




OT and OTA students please join VOTA!

Benefits include:


Do you work in public service? Get your student loans forgiven!


Find further information from the US Department of Education here and Bernie Sanders here! 


Become a member

Our new rolling membership allows you to become a member and enjoy one or three year memberships without worrying about the calendar year!

Join VOTA to stay informed about OT related issues in the state of Vermont, gain access to a directory of other Occupational Therapy practitioners in the state, get priority notice of events, discounted rate for the Annual Conference and more!




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Happy OT Month!

Our newsletter was distributed April 2024.

Next deadline: June 20, 2024


Please access our news section to obtain information regarding our Book Scholarship (deadline August each year) and Diane Aja Scholarship (deadline February each year). 

          Vermont Occupational Therapy Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. |VOTA PO Box 925 Richmond, VT 05477

Would you like to become more involved? Email us at: informationvota@gmail.com


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