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The UVM OTD program recognized the inaugural cohort of students moving to the clinical part of their education.

Karen Downey received the UVM Department of Occupational Therapy Community Collaborator of the Year.

Senator Leahy worked to secure a 5.75 million dollar grant for the UVM OTD program for renovation and new construction including pediatric, outdoor, and anatomy laboratories and a “smart apartment” featuring accessible technologies and modifications that can maximize independence and improve quality of life for people with disabilities or and older adults as they age in place. The project represents a significant investment to develop Vermont’s first occupational therapy degree program and address a critical need for occupational therapy services in the state.

Leahy stated, “The demand for occupational therapists is growing exponentially as Vermont and the country’s demographics age. UVM will now have state-of-the-art OT classrooms and laboratories that will put the school at the national forefront training Vermonters for this growing field.”

Greta Irwin was honored with our ”Fieldwork Educator of the Year Award.” She has spent many hours collaborating with us to place students across multiple sites at the hospital. Her flexibility, open communication, and experience are invaluable, and has helped us create amazing learning opportunities for our students. Thank you Greta!

Ben Chater received the Clinical Learning Support Champion award. Ben Chater has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont since 2017. Since 2018, he has served as sole AAG for the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living—which includes the Vermont Office of Public Guardian. Ben has been and exceptional community support for our students. As someone who has lived with disabilities and worked to overcome potential limitations, he has gained invaluable experience and has been open to sharing this with our students. He has come in to present to our students, has allowed us into his home to share his adaptations, and worked with students to address different challenges and find ideas to overcome these issues. His openness and willingness to work with our students, while sharing his personal journey has helped our students better understand disabilities and work to create devices to overcome them. We thank Ben for this support!

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Click here: Buffum fund at BIAVT (Brain Injury Alliance of Vermont)


  • Neurodegenerative Disorder; i.e. Huntington’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Tumor 
  • Brain Injury with cognitive decline as a result of the injury and impairment to one’s ability to function in everyday life 
  • Financial hardship and does not have other assets that could be accessed

Funded Services and Limits: 

  • $2,000.00/year 
  • Short term financial crisis 
  • Transition back into and/or support to maintain community relationships 
  • Safe and dignified living

Oakledge Accessible Playground 

Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront

Northwest OTPs gathered for a painting event in Burlington, VT. 

June 3, 2023. 

Wonderful way to enjoy an OT inspired activity together!

Ela Dupont, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM and Tamasin Kekic, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM who represented VOTA at the UVM Gerontology Symposium held today May 15th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington .  If any Vermont Occupational Therapy Practitioners would like to participate in the planning of the September 18-22, 2023 Falls Prevention Awareness week with the VOTA Aging in Place Committee, please contact Karen Downey, at 

VOTA is a proud supporter of the Vermont Family Network.

Vermont Family Network will be hosting their Annual Conference April 11, 2023.

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

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