OT Step & Push Challenge

Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 am–Sunday, April 23, 2:00 pm

Let us collectively do over 15 million STEPS and manual wheelchair PUSHES while attending the AOTA INSPIRE 2023 Annual Conference & Expo!

Record your steps and pushes using any tracking device, and at the end of the day submit your total count. Each morning a random drawing will be made with the entries received the day before. The winner will be contacted via email and will receive a gift card from AOTA.

Attendees having fun at SIS Reception

SIS Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm–9:30 pm

Get your AOTA INSPIRE 2023 experience off to a great start with this favorite informal event. Take the opportunity to meet, reconnect, and network with colleagues who share your practice and/or educational interests. Each SIS has a designated gathering area at the reception so you can easily find your SIS Standing Committee members.

Just like on CommunOT, there’s no need to limit your interaction to one SIS—mingle with all 9 sections to expand your contacts! A few remarks will be offered at the start of the event. 

The Morning Buzz

Getting the Most Out of Your AOTA INSPIRE 2023 Experience

Thursday, April 20, 7:15 am–8:00 am

Facilitated by Sarah Michel, AOTA INSPIRE 2023 Content Weaver

Some of the most valuable opportunities at AOTA INSPIRE 2023 will come from the people you meet there. Start your experience off on the right foot with some facilitated networking with veteran attendees so you can learn ideas, strategies, and shortcuts to help you navigate your AOTA INSPIRE 2023 experience. Coffee will be served.

Keynote Address

Thursday, April 20, 11:15 am–12:30 pm

John O'Leary, Author

Facilitated by Sarah Michel, AOTA INSPIRE 2023 Content Weaver

The Power of One

What if one message could change your life?  What if one person could provide hope that the best is yet to come? This person is John O’Leary. As a 9-year-old boy, John was burned on 100% of his body and given less than 1% chance to live. His amazing journey of survival illustrates the incredible power of the human spirit. Today, John is the author of the national bestselling books, On Fire and In Awe. He’s the host of the top-rated “Live Inspired” Podcast. And he’s an inspirational speaker who has taught millions of people around the world how to Live Inspired. John is a business owner, writer, husband of a school-based occupational therapist, and father of four. Once expected to die. Now teaching others how to truly live. Come be inspired.

2019 John OLeary Casual Headshot 1- Photo Credit Susie Gaal

ASD Connection Gathering

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

The Assembly of Student Delegates Steering Committee (ASDSC) is excited to welcome ASD representatives at AOTA INSPIRE 2023. Join your peers for an evening gathering where we'll celebrate our successes, share insights on SOTA initiatives, network for creative collaboration opportunities, and provide updates on our institutions.

Participation in the gathering is free and limited to current ASD representatives and ASD alternates. Preregistration is required.

Yoga Session

Friday, April 21, 7:30 am–7:45 am

Yoga for EveryBODY: Community Yoga Class

Unite with your OT community for a dynamic vinyasa class. In this class you will move, lengthen, and breathe with emphasis on mindfulness, alignment, and focus. While this class is designed for all humans regardless of circumstances, you will be asked to step outside of your comfort zone to transform in all aspects of being human: mind, body, and spirit. Be ready to connect, laugh, and grow! Led by Jessica K. Lynn Hatfield, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, CKTP

Recommendations: Wear layered nonrestrictive clothing. Bring water, a hand towel, and yoga mat. Pro-tip: A foldable travel yoga mats fits great in a suitcase. Hotel towels also work well in a pinch!

Alyson Stover

Presidential Address

Friday, April 21, 11:30 am–12:15 pm

Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

Perfecting Connecting

AOTA President Alyson Stover shares her inspiring stories from her recent Presidential Cross-Country Connecting Tour. Discover what she learned about slowing down to truly connect with diverse members to uncover how occupational therapy is changing the world.

Salsa Break

Friday, April 21, 12:30 pm–1:15 pm

An upbeat and active celebration of dance to Latin Rhythms. Terapistas Ocupactionales para Diversidad Oportunidad y Solidaridad (TODOS) and the AOTA Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion (MDI) groups invite you to join our Salsa Dance Break led by Renee Ortega, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT, COTA and Alison M. Rangel, OTD, OTR/L.

International Breakfast

Saturday April 22, 9:00 am–10:30 am

Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP, FAOTA

Inspired to BE: Promoting Belonging and Equity for an Evolved Profession

Occupational therapy is a profession that is over 100 years old, being embraced worldwide for its benefits in helping people and populations. This talk will discuss ways practitioners can imagine an evolved occupational therapy profession. Centering belonging and equity as more than mere concepts, self-reflection will be encouraged, and practical action steps proposed to inspire culturally and contextually responsive practices.

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Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture

Saturday April 22, 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The Mattering of “Little Things”

Occupational therapy is a complex practice encompassing both mundane and extraordinary aspects of living and learning in daily life. Dr. Lawlor will draw upon ethnographic and narrative phenomenological research to discuss the processes involved in discovering and making explicit the evidence of mattering. The phrase “little things” often signals experiences that are significant; matter deeply; and promote healing, recovery, or engagement. Alternatively, “little things,” when examined, can reveal disruptions or obstacles to achieving meaningful outcomes. Reflections will highlight how interactional, social, and relational practices shape experiences and can inform our therapeutic encounters.


Awards & Recognitions Ceremony

Saturday, April 22, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Each year, AOTA and AOTF recognize and honor our colleagues who have made significant contributions to enrich the profession of occupational therapy. Feel the excitement and be inspired during this year’s engaging ceremony, as we publicly unveil the winners of AOTA’s and AOTF’s most prestigious awards.


Awards & Recognitions Reception

Saturday, April 22, 5:45 pm–7:15 pm

Join us in person to celebrate with AOTA and AOTF award recipients. Photo ops, music, socializing, and more create an unforgettable evening of festivities for all to enjoy as we wind down AOTA INSPIRE 2023! Free to everyone.

AOTPAC Night: Celebration of 45 Years of OT Advocacy—Action in the Spotlight!

Saturday, April 22, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm

It is time to celebrate—AOTPAC’s 45th anniversary. Join us for a fun and relaxing evening with your friends and colleagues while supporting AOTPAC and AOTA’s advocacy efforts! Plans are still underway, yet it will be an extravaganza of music, dancing, and celebration; AOTPAC Night’s “Celebration of 45 Years” is the place to be! Snacks and a cash bar will be available.

We hope to bring back old traditions, like the ‘Wrecking Ball’ dance performed by AOTA volunteer leaders Brent Braveman and Ginny Stoffel, or a visit from OT Rex. Join us on the last night of AOTA INSPIRE 2023 and share a toast to our 45 years of advocacy successes and our wonderful profession of occupational therapy! Be a part of building new traditions as we bring AOTPAC action into the spotlight. Watch for updates as we finalize the plans for an evening to remember.

Tickets:  $50; $25 for students (personal funds only, please)

The cost to attend is a contribution to AOTPAC to support its political purposes. Contributions to AOTPAC are voluntary, and refusal does not affect an AOTA member's rights. Contributions or gifts to AOTPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Corporate contributions are prohibited.

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