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One Small Thing: DisruptOT community discussion led by Gwyneth Ataderie (she/her) on one small thing we can each do to disrupt the oppressive systems we operate in.

Saturday, May 28, 2022 8:00-9:00pm UK

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Gwyneth Ataderie (she/her)

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Gwyneth Ataderie is a British born Nigerian Occupational Therapist based in London. Having qualified in 2013 from The University of Northampton, Gwyneth has a broad range of experience in community settings such as Social Services and Community Mental Health. As well as her current role in Community Mental Health, Gwyneth dedicates much of her personal time to facilitating support groups for Black Women who live with mental health conditions and strongly advocates for more positive mental health experiences within the Afro-Caribbean Community. Along with this work, she also provides and facilitates networking opportunities for Occupational Therapists globally.



PAST EVENT: Social Occupational Therapy: youth, communities and public school

Saturday, April 30, 2022

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Past Event: DisruptOT Cultural Exchange

Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm PHT/6:00 am GMT (Saturday, March 26 at 10pm PST)

The DisruptOT community believes in the power of community gathering and sharing our cultural narratives to empower one another, disrupt the status quo and advocate for cultural diversity in our profession and the way we receive and provide care.

Kristel Yamat from the Philippines will be hosting DisruptOT Cultural Exchange on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm PHT/6:00 am GMT (Saturday, March 26 at 10pm PST)

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Past Event: DisruptOT Global Collaboratives Panel

DisruptOT started as a community effort to disrupt the status quo in healthcare education and practice worldwide. On Saturday, 22 January, Leaders from several global allied health collectives will be discussing how their groups are shaking things up! We welcome leaders of the Māori OT Network, International Indigenous OT Consortium, Ujima Institute, BAMEOTUK, AbleOTUK, LGBTQIA+OTUK, and DisruptOT.



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Dr. Lisa VanHoose

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Dr. Lisa VanHoose describes herself as an equity explorer and your intercultural guide. She can help you make the uncomfortable comfortable and exciting. Dr. VanHoose is the Founder and Executive Director of the Ujima Institute and Foundation. The mission of the organization is to improve Black health outcomes and patient/client satisfaction through workforce upskilling focused on intercultural development and interactions.


She is also a Clinical Professor in the Baylor University Doctor of Physical Therapy department. Dr. VanHoose has investigated workforce diversification and health disparities since 1995. She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Dr. VanHoose received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed fellowships at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. Her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas.


She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy. She is a certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. She is a trained facilitator through the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. She has completed health equity training in the Louisiana Racial and Health Equity Learning Laboratory. She is always excited to learn with and from all humans.

Rachel Booth-Gardiner

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AbleOTUK is a UK based Occupational Therapy Network/Advocacy Group. We aim to provide a voice and safe space for Occupational Therapy  Practitioners, Students, Researchers and Educators, who have lived experience of disability or long term health conditions. 

Rachel Booth-Gardiner is an UK-based Occupational Therapist, Blogger, Feminist, and Disability Activist, who loves a good pattern. She has 16 years of experience working within Acute, Rehabilitation & Forensic NHS Mental Health Settings, both delivering occupational therapy and in wider OT leadership roles. She is an active volunteer within the OT community, having taken on roles within regional and specialist sections of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy, is part of the current OTalk team.


Rachel is currently taking some time away from work to recovery from the effects of Covid 19 and a long hospital stay. This experience has renewed her passion in challenging the profession and the status quo, with regards to its treatment and attitudes towards Disability. Rachel has a number of disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy - right hemiplegia, Dyslexia, depression, and now Long COVID.  


She is a founding member of an amazing group of OT's, and student OT’s who identify with lived experiences. Her special areas of interest include; The lived experience of the disabled OT, Social Media as a CPD tool, 21st centuries occupations, and occupations that are unique to women. 


Musharrat J. Ahmed-Landeryou
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Musharrat Ahmed-Landeryou (she/her/hers), SFHEA, MSc Clin. Neuro Sci., CLTHE, Lic. TCM Ac., BSc Hons Occ. Ther., BScHons Phys. with Med. Applic., is a senior lecturer at London South Bank University, and two days a week she is a student success and antiracist education practitioner. She is a co-founder of the BAMEOTUK Network, a campaign and pressure group of Black Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities (B.A.M.E.) students, staff and educators, to promote equity and justice from the occupational therapy profession body and in education and the profession in the UK. She has been on local, national and international events discussing why we need to decolonise occupational therapy and science. She is currently doing her PhD on the topic of service improvement and occupational therapy. Recent publications out for 2022, two chapters: Pedagogies that enable racism and  Strategy, planning and accountability in A Verma’s Anti-racism in Higher Education: An Action Guide for Change Paperback – 1 May 2022 and a chapter Culture and Allied Health Professions Service Delivery in A. Atwal’s Preparing for Professional Practice Health and Social Care, 2e.


Ed Sum
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LGBTQIA+OTUK is a UK based affinity Twitter group, formed by a few LGBTQIA+ occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. The network was created as a space for UK occupational therapy personnel to connect, share, learn and celebrate, both for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ as well as for our much-needed allies.

Ed (pronouns he/him) is a cis-male, gay, of Hakka Chinese heritage, UK born and trained occupational therapist. Often thought to be younger than he is, he has over 22 years’ experience as an occupational therapist in a range of clinical areas and management positions. His current job roles include being an Associate Tutor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England and as a bank Occupational Therapist in a long covid service. He is the current co-Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Specialist Section – Neurological Practice. He holds a master’s degree in ergonomics and his professional interests include neurological practice, functional neurological disorder and mentoring occupational therapists. 

Outside of work he is a member of the LGBTQIA+OTUK and BAMEOTUK groups and is the Treasurer for Oban Pride, a small LGBTQIA+ Pride charity in a rural area on the west coast of Scotland. He is an out and proud pogonophile.

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International Indigenous OT Consortium
Angie Phenix

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Angie Phenix, MOT, M.Ed is a mother, Métis woman, scholar, educator, and occupational therapist. She has spent most of her career working in rural, remote, and often Northern regions of Canada, across both health and education. She is co-chair of both the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists'(CAOT) Occupational Therapy and Indigenous Health Network (OTIHN) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Taskforce. Since the beginning of her career, Angie noticed the tension and problematic nature of using a Western-based model of practice in Indigenous communities. As an attempt to put words to these feelings, better address health and educational inequities, and become a better OT, she pursued a Masters of Indigenous Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Her life, educational, and career experiences have helped to identify a lens to critically analyze how political, social, moral, historical and economic structures co-exist to create different realities for those who live on these lands, creating privilege/empowerment or oppression/disadvantage. Angie has (co)authored several publications and led many presentations with the aim of shedding a critical light on the occupational therapy profession.

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Isla Emery-Whittington
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Isla Emery-Whittington (she/her/ia) is a Māori wahine from Aotearoa NZ and affiliates to Rereahu and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa tribes. A PhD candidate with the SHORE Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, Isla's research examines everyday occupations as sites of transmitting and disrupting colonialism.

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Sheela Roy Ivlev
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Sheela Roy Ivlev (she/her) is a Bengali American occupational therapist based in San Francisco, the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone, specializing in wellness and mental health. She is the founder of DisruptOT and will be facilitating this panel. She is committed to removing the barriers to care that keep people from accessing health and wellness services.

শীলা রায় ইভলেভ হলেন একজন বাঙালি আমেরিকান পেশাগত থেরাপিস্ট সান ফ্রান্সিসকোতে অবস্থিত, রামায়তুশ ওহলোনের পূর্বপুরুষের জন্মভূমি, সুস্থতা এবং মানসিক স্বাস্থ্যে বিশেষজ্ঞ। তিনি DisruptOT-এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা এবং এই প্যানেলটিকে সহজতর করবেন৷ তিনি যত্নের প্রতিবন্ধকতাগুলি দূর করতে প্রতিশ্রুতিবদ্ধ যা মানুষকে স্বাস্থ্য এবং সুস্থতা পরিষেবাগুলি অ্যাক্সেস করতে বাধা দেয়৷

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Dr. Ana Malfitano

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Ana Malfitano, Associate Professor at Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil (she/her)

Sou Professora Associada na Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil, atuando no curso de graduação em Terapia Ocupacional e no Programa de Pós-graduação em Terapia Ocupacional (cursos de mestrado e doutorado). Meu trabalho direciona-se à área de Terapia Ocupacional Social, no interior do Projeto Metuia. Trata-se de um trabalho coletivo, compartilhado com muitas colegas no Brasil, em defesa de uma atuação na área social em terapia ocupacional.


I am Associate Professor at Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, working on Occupational Therapy undergraduate and Postgraduate Program of Occupational Therapy (master and PhD). My work is situated on Social Occupational Therapy, in the Metuia Project. It is a collective work that I share with many colleagues in Brazil, advocating for actions in occupational therapy in the social field.

Arissandro Sousa

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Arissandro Sousa, mais conhecido como THC das Ruas, é produtor musical, rapper, poeta e beatmaker. Atua em movimentos sociais e culturais na cidade de São Carlos - SP, Brasil e, desde 2021, trabalha com o METUIA/UFSCar no desenvolvimento de atividades com jovens em escolas públicas. 


Arissandro Sousa, better known as Street THC, is a music producer, rapper, poet and beatmaker. He works in social and cultural movements in the city of São Carlos-SP, Brazil and, since 2021, he has been working with METUIA - Social occupational therapy, developing activities with students in public schools.


Dr. Lívia Pan

Lívia Pan é terapeuta ocupacional, mestre e doutora em terapia ocupacional. Atualmente é docente do Departamento de Terapia Ocupacional da Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil e, compondo a equipe do METUIA/UFSCar, desenvolve atividades de ensino, extensão e pesquisa junto a jovens de grupos populares e em escolas públicas. 


Lívia Pan is an occupational therapist, master and PhD in occupational therapy. She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil and, as part of the METUIA team. She develops teaching, activities in partnership with communities and research with young people from popular groups, specially students from public schools.