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Annual Student Conference

Vision for the Future: 2020 Salem State Occupational Therapy Conference

The 2020 Salem State Occupational Therapy Conference promotes emerging practice areas in the field through graduate research panels. In the spirit of improving quality of life, with a focus on community needs, this year's graduating class is seeking to donate a percentage of all proceeds to charities striving to help those in need.

2020 Keynote Speaker

Joseph Sharron

In 2016, Joe Sharron experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) that resulted in paralysis from the neck down. Even though Joe could no longer use his body the way he used to, he continues to thrive while inspiring others through his positive and persistent attitude. During his rehabilitation, Joe developed an immediate connection with occupational therapy.

Conference Mission and Vision

The conference promotes emerging practice areas in the field of occupational therapy through graduate research panels. In the spirit of improving quality of life, with a focus on community needs, this year’s graduating cohort is seeking to donate a percentage of the proceeds to charities striving to help those in need globally.

Our occupational therapy students plan the conference as a part of their studies and, in the process, learn to:

  • Obtain a keynote speaker
  • Procure vendors
  • Determine food and media needs
  • Create a brochure
  • Develop a website
  • Organize the conference structure
  • Develop and disseminate participant surveys

Students also present their research results as part of the conference. Occupational therapy practitioners, ancillary health service personnel, faculty members, and students from several local occupational therapy programs attend this exciting annual event.

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