When I became an occupational therapist in the 1990s, electronic tools such as email were just emerging. The world has certainly changed over the span of a few decades! Whereas a few may disagree, I think the changes that have occurred as a result of the development and expansion of technologies has had a positive impact on our daily lives, especially in being able to connect with one another.
In thinking about World OT Day, I truly appreciate how online technologies and social media have connected me with a dynamic, inspiring group of OTs who I would otherwise never have been able to “meet.” Through a combination of Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, I learn from my international colleagues – ranging from OT students, practitioners, academicians, and researchers – everyday!
This wonderful groups includes:
The things I learn from my global colleagues includes:
- issues facing OTs around the world
- teaching resources
- practice-related information
- the many and varied creative interests of OTs
- resources, resources, resources!!!
It is truly hard to imagine my daily and professional life without this connection. And with events like the OT Virtual Exchange, I know we will only to continue to grown, learn and connect…together!!!
Happy World OT Day!!!!