Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed.

Call for Posters

The North Coast District is now accepting applications for poster presentations for the 2018 OOTA Annual Conference. 

The Call for Posters form is located at The completed form must be submitted no later than midnight on May 31, 2018. 

Please review the required information listed on the Call for Posters form in order to successfully submit your application to the Call for Posters. Please have all information ready when beginning the on-line application process.

For questions or concerns regarding presentations, please email the Poster Chair, Dotti Thompson, MOT, OTR/L, CLT ( The poster application must be submitted no later than midnight on May 31, 2018The Poster Committee will review all submissions and the Primary Presenter will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. All decisions will be made July 31, 2018.

Exhibits and Advertising

The North Coast District is now accepting reservations for exhibits and handbook advertising.  To view the details, click here:  2018-Exhibits-Advertising-Form.  Reservations can be made via the printable form or the online form located at The deadline for all reservations is September 7, 2018.


Opportunities are available for companies and individuals to become sponsors.  This year we are offering 5 levels of sponsorship, with benefits ranging from exhibits to advertising to publication of logos and company information.  A description of the levels and benefits is available with the online reservation form at

Keynote Speaker

The conference committee is proud to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Jean Makesh, founder and CEO of the Lantern group.  He has designed state of the art, award-winning Alzheimer care communities in Ohio. His fascination and passion for aging was the impetus to design and create a personality-centric rehabilitative care model that is one of its kind. 

He has designed and developed a retro-virtual time capsule to nurture and facilitate memory and to promote functional independence. His care program utilizes the individual’s environment, learning and activities to activate repressed memories and stimulate newer learning. 

His personal mission is to support, educate and equip the consumers and healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources about the disease, its prevention and treatment. His goal is to continue design, develop and construct state of the art communities in the US and other parts of the world.

Jean Makesh has authored “Revelation to a Unique World” for medical professionals and caregivers. His objective and mission is to combine his knowledge and experience to contribute and impact policies and practices in the areas of elderly care, good and efficient business practices and human kind as a whole.