The West Central District of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association presents
Occupational Therapy - 100 Years and Growing!
Join us November 2-4 in Dayton, Ohio as we celebrate our Centennial Year!

Our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Amy Lamb, President, AOTA

Dr. Lamb is President of the American Occupational Therapy  Association. She brings with her the valuable combination of clinical practice as a licensed occupational therapist combined together with health care policy experience at the state and federal levels. Dr. Lamb’s expertise includes health policy, prevention and wellness, and occupational therapy as a career.

She is integral in articulating the distinct value of occupational therapy in traditional and emerging areas of practice including primary health care and wellness initiatives.  She speaks regularly to groups on health policy issues impacting practice emphasizing quality services for beneficiaries and provides participants with practical ways to get involved in the process and make their voices heard. Dr. Lamb works to help practitioners, students, educators and researchers identify their role as influencers of change in their daily work as we demonstrate the value of occupational therapy to enhancing the efficiency of systems we work within, enhancing the quality of care client’s receive, and being a cost effective solution to meet the dynamic needs of the people, populations and communities we serve.  

Hotel Information

This year the conference will be held in the newly renovated University of Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45409.  By calling the hotel's toll free Reservation Line, 1- 800-MARRIOTT, individuals can make their own reservations. For individuals to receive the established Group rate, they must identify themselves as members of the OHIO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION initially when making the reservation. All reservations must be received by the group’s cut-off date. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 10/2/17 at 5:00 pm. Reservations made after the cut-off date will be subject to availability and the most available rate. 

Program  (Click here for the full preconference and conference program. This is a PDF file)

Student Track 
Although students are welcome to register at the full conference rates, a special student track will be offered at a reduced price to allow more students to experience conference.  Student Track registrants will enjoy a program especially geared to student interests.  They may attend the Keynote Address and visit the exhibits and posters. A box lunch will be provided each day. The Student Track does not include the Annual meeting, Town Hall Meeting, Practice SIS Roundtables, Awards Dinner or Mystery Theatre Dessert. Students are welcome to purchase a reservation for the Awards Dinner/Mystery Theatre Dessert at a cost of $30.

Student Track Program  (This is a PDF file)

Online Registration (Recommended)

For the preconference and full conference:  Full conference
For the Student Track:  Student Track

Printable Registration Form

Full Preconference and conference


Special Events

Town Hall Meeting.  The annual Town Hall Meeting will take place on Friday, November 3 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  This year our panel will feature OOTA President Rebecca Finni, AOTA President Dr. Amy Lamb, Shaun Conway from NBCOT, Legislative Consultant Daniel Hurley, and representatives from the OT Section of the Ohio OT Licensure Board:  Beth Ann Ball, MS, OTR/L (Chair); Mary Beth Lavey, COTA/L (Secretary) and Anissa Siefert, MS, OTR/L. 

Practice Roundtables.  Practice Roundtables will be offered on Saturday, November 4 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. A box lunch will be provided for registrants to enjoy while OOTA Special Interest Section Coordinators lead discussions on topics of interest.  Roundtables on OTAs, Older Adults, Mental Health, OT Education, Pediatrics/School-Based Therapy and Rehabilitation will be offered, along with an ethics-granting Licensure Board Session.

Awards Dinner and Mystery Theatre Dessert.  OOTA will honor its 2017 Award Recipients with a dinner on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. The dinner is free for conference registrants (Student Track not included) but reservations are required. The dinner will be followed by an innovative Mystery Theatre Dessert.  Enjoy your dessert and a cash bar while being intrigued and entertained by local actors!

Poster Presentations. Professional and Student Posters will be displayed during breaks throughout the two days of conference. 

Vendor Reception.  Join us Friday afternoon from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. to visit with a variety of exhibitors during our annual Wine and Cheese reception. 

Annual Meeting of the Members.  The Annual Meeting will be held at lunch on Friday, November 2. OOTA President Rebecca Finni will update the membership on the work of OOTA, and Treasurer Beth Ann Salisbury will present the financial report.

Conference Fees

  OOTA Members Non Members Students Student Track
Preconference $50 $75 $35 X
One Day (F or S) $175 $250 $75 $30
Two Days (F & S) $250 $375 $150 $50

Non-Members can join OOTA on the conference registration form and enjoy the discounted member rate.   In celebration of our Centennial Year, OOTA offers a 10% discount on membership dues through December 31.  OT:  $54    OTA:  $45


Conference:  October 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Please note that NO onsite registration will be offered.  Registrations must be prepaid or accompanied by a purchase order number and arrive in the OOTA office no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 25.