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2. Let's Get Started!

Membership Category
Please select your current role in the field of Occupational Therapy.

OT - Occupational Therapist
Individuals who have completed a 4-year degree or master's program and are certified to practice occupational therapy in the United States.

OTA - Occupational Therapy Assistant
Individuals who have completed a 2-year degree and are certified to practice occupational therapy as an assistant in the United States.

Students enrolled in OT or OTA programs accredited or granted developing program status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) who have not yet taken the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) examination. (Exception: Occupational therapy assistants enrolled in accredited educational programs for occupational therapists.)

AOTA Individual Associate Memberships are ideal for health professionals who work alongside occupational therapy professionals. Individual Associate membership also keeps occupational therapists certified in foreign countries in touch with the profession here in the United States.

Individual Associate members receive the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (6 issues/yr), one Special Interest Section Quarterly newsletter (4 issues/yr) and online access to all SIS Quarterly newsletters and archives, OT Practice, and discounts on other periodicals, publications and products, as well as access to the Members Only portion of the AOTA Web site.

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3. Membership Selection

Membership Options

Please select from one of the membership options available below.

Individual Associate
Open to any individual that is not a U.S. certified Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant, and to an Occupational Therapist that is certified exclusively in a foreign country.
Occupational Therapist
Open to any individual initially certified to practice as an Occupational Therapist or licensed or regulated by a state, commonwealth, district, or territory to practice as an occupational therapist.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Open to any individual initially certified to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant or licensed or regulated by a state, commonwealth, district, or territory to practice as an occupational therapy assistant.
Occupational Therapist Student Member
Open to students enrolled in OT educational programs that are accredited or pending accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®).
Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Member
Open to students enrolled in OTA educational programs that are accredited or pending accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®).
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4. Special Interests

Special Interest Section Options
Primary SIS Benefits
  • SIS Quarterly Newsletter (4/year)
  • Voting Rights
  • Leadership Opportunities (OT/OTA members)
  • Online access to all 11 Special Interest Sections

AMSIS focuses on the diverse management issues that impact its membership. By providing a conduit for communication, collaboration, and sharing of resources, AMSIS promotes the continuous enhancement of its members' leadership skills. AMSIS has a designated Subsection developed to meet the needs of practitioners in Private Practice.

The goal of the DDSIS is to focus on how OT assessment and intervention can facilitate the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in home, school, work, and community life. The DDSIS provides a forum for practitioners, educators, and researchers to exchange information and strategies and network with each other by highlighting best practice, current trends, and research updates.

The GSIS fosters the professional development and clinical excellence of occupational therapy practitioners working with older adults. This is achieved via information and activities in areas of practice, research, legislation, education, and practice within the continuum of care for the aged in their various living situations. The GSIS facilitates these goals through: newsletters, workshop presentations, internet contacts, direct communication with membership, and liaisons with related external organizations.

This section provides a forum for practitioners working in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, psychosocial clubhouses, home care, partial hospitals, schools, residential centers, transitional programs, day treatment programs, well elderly centers, employee assistance programs, and private practice. The MHSIS is a resource and information network that invites practitioners to share information on practice models, clinical education, legislative issues, payment systems, research, state liaison, and recruitment and retention issues.

This section is dedicated to addressing the needs of school-based practitioners providing educationally related services to infants, preschoolers, children, and adolescents. SSSIS promotes education, research, and legislation/policy making that will enhance practice in the school systems and community. Members are informed of current legislation and practice trends and are provided with networking and continuing education opportunities.

The TSIS provides survival skills in this information age. Technology usage crosses all ages, settings, functional abilities, activities, and occupations. OT practitioners integrate technology into all aspects of functional performance. The TSIS provides a forum for learning about mass market technologies, such as computers and telecommunications equipment, as well as technologies specific to individuals with disabilities, including seating, positioning and mobility, reasonable accommodations, augmentative communications, and adaptive computer access. The TSIS focuses upon the role of the OT practitioner in technology service delivery, and provides the latest information on interdisciplinary technology competency, certification, and training efforts.

Work plays a significant role in the life of the individual. The WPSIS supports occupational therapy practitioners' issues and concerns in addressing the work transition continuum through a wide variety of settings, including rehabilitation, occupational health, injury prevention and wellness, mental health, gerontology, and physical or developmental disability. Information provided includes practice, research, and legislation and covers traditional and emerging delivery systems.

In the EDSIS, education is viewed as a shared professional concern. Education is not only defined as academic education, but continuing education, fieldwork education, patient education, and lifelong learning. EDSIS and its subsections and networks provide academicians, aspiring faculty, fieldwork supervisors, clinicians, and students opportunities to discuss the many issues involved in occupational therapy education. It also facilitates networking, continuing education opportunities, and collegial support to help occupational therapy practitioners to be more effective educators and provides a forum to address the art and science of learning at all levels.

The HCHSIS provides a vehicle for exchange of information and experiences unique to this practice setting. The HCHSIS provides and promotes continuing educational programs, maintains a resource network, and provides a quarterly publication. Its members benefit from networking on special clinical considerations and are advised on current legislative, regulatory, and employment issues. The HCHSIS will also consult with academic programs on home health specific curriculums.

Membership in the PDSIS provides a forum for networking with other professionals, promoting and sharing information, and accessing clinical resources. The PDSIS also facilitates the development of continuing education opportunities and professional development based on member needs. The section serves those who treat populations with diverse physical disabilities, as well as those who treat a specific diagnostic group. It has a designated Hand Subsection to meet the needs of clinicians who treat hand problems as part of a physical disabilities population. The PDSIS strives to maintain the holistic foundation based on functional activity that is unique to OT practice.

The SISIS offers leadership, resources, and information on sensory integration. It is an occupational therapy theory and clinical tool based on both research and clinical practice. The theoretical foundation and clinical applications utilize and acknowledge the relationship between sensory processing and human adaptation and occupational performance. Sensory integration as a theoretical framework and treatment technique is applied to a variety of disabilities and across the lifespan.

Please select a primary Special Interest section and up to two additional secondary Special Interest sections from the list of Special Interests available below.

5. Contributions

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is the official international organization that promotes occupational therapy among therapists, facilitates international cooperation and an exchange of information among occupational therapy and other health-related organizations.

The subscriber receives (2) WFOT Bulletins per year, online information from the AOTA and WFOT websites and the opportunity to formally and informally network with international therapists.

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National Awareness Campaign

Contributions will be used to fund efforts to educate key audiences including referrers, payers and the general public about occupational therapy.

American Occupational Therapy Foundation

You are invited to support the scholarship, publication, and research programs of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF).


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