The Florida Occupational Therapy Association hosted it’s annual conference on the University of St. Augustine campus in November. The conference was a huge success, with many of the faculty and students showcasing their expertise in the field of OT. Drs. Karen Howell and Anne Hull put on excellent pre-conference activities as well as great presentations by Drs. Cindy Mathena and Elisabeth McGee. Dr. Bonnie Decker worked diligently behind the scenes with an army of student volunteers who helped keep the entire conference running smoothly. The event was kicked off with a beautiful reception on Friday night in the Heritage Lounge and continued on Saturday with more interactive conference activities. This is one of the largest FOTA conference in history, with well over 400 attendees. The highlight of the conference was the keynote speaker, Ben Vereen. He gave a passionate and timely speech, which left everyone inspired to carry on with their work as OTs. Thank you to everyone who participated in this dynamic event!
In 1992, Vereen was the victim of a life-threatening automobile accident. His critical injuries lead him to spend months in both physical and occupational therapy. In recent years he has become an advocate of both professions as a motivational speaker.