The Taiwan Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) is an academic association established by a group of Taiwan occupational therapists in 1982. Currently TOTA has approximately 1200 members serving in schools, hospitals, communities, organizations, etc.
Occupational therapists serve individuals with limitations in daily life functions and difficulties in participating in work and their roles due to diseases or developmental problems. Occupational therapy interventions focus on activity, environment, and individuals.
It is essential to modify the activities and environment according to a person’s ability and help them participate in an activity they want or need as soon as possible. The sense of achievement will encourage individuals to actively participate in activities and thus promote their health.
The TOTA aims to promote the local development of occupational therapy, foster professionals in occupational therapy, enhance research visibility, and develop new service programs with the belief of helping individuals to participate in daily activities, which is the core of health, thus helping individuals to eliminate hindrances, disabilities, and limitations in their lives. Thus, they can participate in different aspects of daily occupational activities in family, school, and community, and enjoy a healthy life.
The TOTA’s board of directors comprises 15 members, including academic and clinical members. Under the leadership of chairmen, the TOTA promotes occupational therapy services in every aspect, assists the government in formulating relevant regulations and implementing policies, represents Taiwan in international medical organizations and meetings, takes a role in leading the professional education development, enhances and promotes professional services, and implements the spirit of occupational engagement, which is the core of health.
Recently, in response to the aging and long-term care policy in Taiwan, the TOTA has been more active in collaborating and communicating with other occupational therapy organizations across the world. The TOTA learns from Northern European and Japanese community-based occupational therapy and develops programs like disability prevention, aging in place, friendly communities, and reablement to promote the public's health and quality of life.