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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OTAO Conference Committee and Board of Directors have decided to shift our conference to an online platform to ensure the health and safety of our community. This will be the first time our annual conference is held virtually and the conference committee is working hard to ensure a smooth transition for all parties. Our plan is to have courses offered throughout the month of October.

Though being held virtually, it continues to be a good opportunity to connect with other OT & OTA professionals, get a fresh perspective on issues and concerns, and deepen your understanding of the profession. We strive to cover a wide variety of topics whether it be via live-presentations or pre-recorded sessions. We will also continue to have our semi-annual business meeting, talk from our lobbyist, awards to honor those in our community, and auction to support our students. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this process. Any changes/updates about conference will be made on this page. 

Please reach out if you have any questions/concerns: otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com


Registration and hotel reservations will open Month day, 2020.

Earn up to 16 CEUs in one convenient location while getting the latest evidence-based research.

We welcome you to join the upcoming 2020 OTAO Annual Conference, the largest gathering of occupational therapy professionals in the state of Oregon! This year’s conference will be held in the Portland-metro area and will be featuring educational sessions, exceptional speakers, and an exhibition hall filled with the latest products and opportunities. This conference is a not-to-miss event! Please follow our official hashtag: #OTAO2020

The annual OTAO conference is the perfect opportunity for you to connect with other OT & OTA professionals, get fresh perspectives on issues and concerns, and deepen your understanding of the profession. This year’s format of keynote speakers and breakout sessions will cover a wide variety of topics is sure to be a hit and draw a good crowd.

This conference will feature general sessions, breakout sessions/platforms, structured time for exhibits, round table discussions, networking, and the semi-annual business meeting.

You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity! 

REGISTER for conference

Click here to register for OTAO’s 2020 Annual Conference 

DOWNLOAD printable registration form

For those who would like to print and submit their registration form for conference via mail, please click the button and fill out the form accordingly. 

APPLY for a conference scholarship

Scholarships to the OTAO annual conference are available to students enrolled in the OT programs at Linn-Benton Community College and Pacific University and who are members of OTAO. 

A limited number of scholarships are available. Note: In previous years, the number of scholarships has exceeded the number of applications received. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, 8:00 am, September ___. Late applications will be accepted; however, priority will be given to applications received prior to the deadline. 

If you would like to apply, please: 

Ensure you are an OTAO student member 

Complete the application 

Include a professional resume 

Email both documents to info@otao.com

IMPORTANT INFO for attendees

This event of the 2020 OTAO Annual Conference will be held at __________ in Portland, Oregon. PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING TO THE CONFERENCE.  

Click here for a property map. 



Registration will open on Friday, October __ at 7:00AM and close at 5:30PM. The OTAO registration desk will be outside the conference rooms in the Convention Center. Conference packets, along with name badges can be picked up during registration hours. Registration will re-open on Saturday, October __ from 7:00AM to 5:30PM. The Friday evening Social and Live Auction will take place from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. 

All seminar registrations include access to the presentations and meal events for the registered days, as well as electronic presentation materials (see downloading/printing instructions below). 

Friday, October __, 2020


The presentation handouts are available on the OTAO website at 2020 Business Meeting Materials and Presentations. 

We STRONGLY encourage you to review the materials in advance and print only the materials for the sessions you plan to attend. Presentation materials will be available to print/download until December 31, 2020. 

Continuing Education credits are being offered during this year’s Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO) Annual Conference. Regulations of your state’s Occupational Therapy Licensing Board will determine the eligibility of these CE credits for licensure renewal. Descriptions of sessions and names of the presenters are outlined in the conference brochure.

In order to obtain CE credits from OTAO, you must be present for the entire session:

  1. Complete and return the evaluation survey included in your attendee packet to the registration desk.
  2. The CE Credit Certificate upon completion of all sessions are attended (See CE Credit Certificate for further instructions).


Attendance Verification: Please have the room volunteer stamp your CE Sheet as you leave each session you attend. This is your verification that you attended the course. Please retain this certificate for your records as the OTAO office will not have this information in their files. At the end of the conference you will write the number of CE hours you obtained in the upper right hand corner of the CE Certificate. Again, please retain this certificate for your records!

Credit cannot be given for partially attended sessions. Missing more than 5 minutes per program hour due to late arrival, early departure, etc. will result in no credit for that session. 

During the conference there will be fund raising efforts for the OTAO Scholarship Program for Oregon’s OT students. Plan to bring your checkbook or credit card for the Silent Auction!!

SUBMIT a Presentation Proposal

The conference committee is currently looking for individuals who would like to present at this year’s conference. If you are interested, please submit a proposal here by Friday, May 29, 2020 11:59PM PST

The conference committee is currently looking for individuals who are interested and would like to present leading edge practices or current concepts at this year’s Annual Conference – all specialties are welcome. The more variety the better. The OTAO Conference Committee will make each selection from the proposals for inclusion in the programming. Selection criteria include: evidence base and clarity supporting the proposal, probable interest to conference attendees, feasibility, and space/ time constraints.

Please send your presentation proposal to: otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com

SIGN UP to be a Sponsor or Exhibitor

This year’s conference will be a month long virtual event, where attendees will have the opportunity to attend several different courses. 

We welcome you to gain visibility and show your support for the profession and OTAO by becoming a vendor for our conference! This is a great way to put your company in the spotlight! There are many options to choose from… something for every price range. We invite you to download the Virtual 2020 OTAO Exhibitor Packet, as well as submit the Virtual 2020 OTAO Exhibitor Agreement. Note: if you plan to download the PDF and fill it out , please email the form ONLY, then make a check payable to OTAO and send via mail. 

Once you’ve completed the 2020 Exhibit and Sponsor Agreement form, please submit to: otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com and make check payable to OTAO.

  • PLATINUM (Name/logo on website  + name/logo in brochure + promotional video on exhibitor page + promotional video played prior to recorded and/or completion of course survey) $250 
  • GOLD (Name/logo on website + name/logo in brochure + promotional video on exhibitor page) $200
  • SILVER (Name/logo on website + name/logo in brochure) $150
  • BRONZE (Name/logo on website) $100
DONATE an Auction Item

During the conference there will be fundraising efforts for the OTAO Scholarship Program for Oregon’s students. There will be a silent and live auction, as well as raffles, held on the first day of the annual conference. 

All items must be received by the auction committee by 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 15, 2020 in order to be included in the auction. You may contact info@otao.com when your item is ready for pick-up.

Please click here to download and fill out the OTAO Silent Auction Donation Form, before submitting to otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com. For cash donations, please make checks payable to OTAO and send via mail. 

NOMINATE for an OTAO Award

The Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon wants to recognize individuals who have contributed to the profession of occupational therapy in Oregon. This recognition is based on participation in state, national and local association activities and specific activities/accomplishments that have contributed to the advancement of occupational therapy. At conference this year, we will present the following awards:

  • The Grace Black Award of Honor 
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Award 
  • Service Award 
  • Award of Appreciation 

Deadline for award nominations by August 30, 2020. Awards committee will select recipients, and awards/certificates will be presented at The Annual Conference.

click here for information on how to submit your nomination.

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Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
Phone: (971)266-4328 
Email: info@otao.com or otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!