Dr. Roger Ideishi, associate professor of occupational therapy and director of the Occupational Therapy program at Temple University’s College of Public Health, has been awarded the Emerging and Innovative Practice Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Ideishi is one of the first recipients of the award, which is being given for the first time in 2017.
[Photo: Dr. Roger Ideishi]
According to AOTA, the award recognizes occupational therapy practitioners who have developed innovative and/or non-traditional occupational therapy practices for underserved populations, or who have utilized the expertise of occupational therapy in new or visionary ways to achieve significant client outcomes to keep the profession relevant and responsive to the changes occurring in health care.
Dr. Ideishi’s research and practice focuses on providing community access and opportunity for children with diverse sensory and cognitive abilities. He advises various community and cultural arts organizations, including the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, on building meaningful learning experiences for children and their families. Dr. Ideishi is a Fellow of the AOTA.
“I am happy that AOTA is promoting innovations in our profession,” says Dr. Ideishi. “I think in order to ensure OT’s future, we have to innovate, finding new needs and markets in need. Since this is the first time AOTA is giving this award, it will stimulate others who are doing great work to share their knowledge and skills to advance OT practice.”
Dr. Ideishi will be recognized at the AOTA 2017 Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration, to be held in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 2.