Telehealth Survey

The American Telemedicine’s Telerehabilitation SIG is conducting a survey to find out how many practitioners are utilizing telehealth.  Follow the link below to complete the survey.  Thanks!


ACOTE® Announcement of OTA Survey

March 8, 2018

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) continues to explore the role of occupational therapy assistants and the entry-level education requirements. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (3rd ed.; AOTA, 2014) broadened the areas in which occupational therapy professionals practice. In doing so, the role of the OTA is evolving to address the needs of persons, groups, and populations directly and indirectly. The purpose of this survey is to better understand the current and emerging role of the OTA in meeting the occupational needs of society. Please respond to the following survey, which seeks to evaluate the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the profession.

You can access the survey using the following link (or by copying and pasting the link into your web browser). The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

ACOTE values your feedback and thanks you for taking the time to respond to this survey. The survey will close on July 15, 2018.


Fonda Scott, BLS, COTA/L – Ad Hoc Chairperson

Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, FACRM – ACOTE Chairperson

Tia Hughes, DrOT, MBA, OTR/L – ACOTE Vice Chairperson

Barbara Seguine, MAED, COTA/L, ROH – ACOTE Treasurer


American Occupational Therapy Association. (2014), Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain & process (3rd ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, S1–S48.


Call for Papers

North Coast District is now accepting proposals for the 2018 OOTA annual conference, Stepping Stones to Occupations.  The conference will be held October 12-13 at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South in Independence, OH.  Preconference sessions will be offered on October 11. 

 The Call for Papers form is located at The completed form must be submitted no later than midnight on April 30, 2018. The Program 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. 

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.