We Are OT
A brief history and personal accounts of diversity in the profession of Occupational Therapy within the UK (extended to include worldwide narratives).
An ebook commissioned and edited by Occ4Life Ltd exploring the experience of BAME, Disabled, LGBTQIA+ and Male OTs within training and work as OTs within the U.K. and elsewhere.
Send your interest in developing a personal account of training and working within the OT profession to Occupation4Life@gmail.com
These can be in prose, poetry, fictionalised, comic, video or audio form and I am happy to work with you on editing a piece. With an ebook we can be interactive and cover different mediums of expression.
We are interested not only in your more challenging experiences but in also knowing about how your diversity has added strength to services and helped improve the service to your clients.
Contributing authors will not receive payment but will retain rights to their work for inclusion elsewhere if desired. Ebook will be sold for a fee with all profits going to setting up a small 2021 scholarship fund for Black student/s training in Britain (as this book has been particularly inspired by the #BlackLivesMatters movement) towards education and training. I will be taking no payment for my contribution as editor or contributor.
Deadline for expressions of interest are 30th September 2020 with initial pieces to be submitted and edited by the end of the first week of October 2020 (final deadlines). I will work with contributors on identifying an appropriate timeline for initial submission, editing feedback and amendments but final submission can be no later than 20th October 2020.
The ebook will launch and be available for purchase starting on #WorldOTDay on 27th October 2020 with additional promotion in U.K. OT Week in November.
Scholarship application process will open in January 2021 to support training from September 2021. Further details on the scholarship application process to follow.