World AIDS Day 2009

On December 1st, we will celebrate World AIDS Day with the theme ‘Universal Access and Human Rights.’

The slogans for the World AIDS Day materials were designed to bridge that gap and underscore the importance of awareness of Human Rights.


Among the key slogans adopted:
I am accepted.
I am safe.
I am getting treatment.
I am well
I am living my rights.
Everyone deserves to live their rights
Right to Live
Right to Health
Access for all to HIV prevention treatment care and support is a critical part of human rights.

The aim was to provide concise, informative texts designed to illustrate the relationship between Human Rights and Universal Access.

For more campaign materials (including visual ads for your HDTV), visit

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world.”

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues, the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The Day provides an opportunity to mobilize action to achieve the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

You may be flat out with so many tasks (including visiting your steam cleaners) but it may be worth your while to click here to get further information on how to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities in your locality.

WFOT 2010 Congress Updates

Online registration for the 2010 World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress in Chile is now open. The initial programme is also now available on the website for viewing.

Here again is the vision for this year’s WFOT Congress:

Congress Vision
The 15th WFOT World Congress focuses on contemporary perspectives in occupational therapy and occupational science. Many of these perspectives emerge from the historical roots of international practice while others reflect the thinking of current times. The Congress incorporates human rights as a necessary framework for the development of the science and occupational therapy. The Congress themes guide the presentations yet provide the flexibility for unique and refreshing viewpoints, evidence to support theory and practice policy development and most importantly to engage in comparative exercises across all aspects of occupational therapy and occupational science. The exploration of the forces acting on the profession’s knowledge and domains of practice is essential. Congress participants will participate in stimulating reflective dialogue about their practice and personal contexts as well as the emerging evidence which distinguishes Latin American practice.

I just had a squiz at the initial programme and was quite delighted to see 3 Filipino Occupational Therapists who will be presenting at the Congress — Mr Lyle Duque, Mr Allen Espelita and Ms Grace Cabatingan. Our warmest congratulations to the three of you! We are most proud of you! If we missed out on any other Filipino OT presenting at the Congress, please let us know by leaving a comment so that they can be duly acknowledged.

Certification Examination Alert from NBCOT

Here is an important announcement from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT):

To enable NBCOT’s testing contractors to carry out essential test administration updates, there will be an examination blackout period from December 18, 2009 – January 3, 2010. No online exam application or pending applications will be processed during this annual system maintenance period. Examination testing for 2009 will end on December 18th and resume on January 4, 2010.

If you have questions, please e-mail: or call (301) 990-7979.

It’s not really a heartstopping alert that you would need an AED for it. But just the same, it helps to be well informed in these types of things, and get all the information right.

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