World Occupational Therapy Day - October 27
Fri, Oct 27, 2023

World Occupational Therapy Day

World Occupational Therapy Day is held on October 27th around the world, and is celebrated by many countries advocating occupational therapy methods. This day is an opportunity for top therapists to raise awareness of the profession and its global impact. Occupational therapy works with adults, children, and the elderly, and brings amazing results.


The holiday was founded in 2010 by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which is the international voice of the profession. Around the world, there are about 107 organizations supporting the movement. The main mission is to help people develop fine motor skills and self-regulation. Statistics say that there are about 500 professional therapists on the planet who are ready to help at any time.

Interesting facts

  • Eleanor Clark Slagle is considered the founder of occupational therapy in America, having offered training in work skills and outlined her approach.
  • The first program was opened in 1915 in Chicago.
  • Specialists help in modifying a home to meet the specific requirements of a person, and also fight against depressive moods of the population.
  • Ordinary monotonous things help relieve anxiety: needlework, gardening, embroidery, drawing.

How to take part

Find out about events in your city and take part in the events! Thank the therapists you know, send them postcards or tasty surprises. Find out about all the areas that specialists are engaged in. Spread the word on social media using the #WorldOccupationalTherapyDay hashtag.

When is World Occupational Therapy Day celebrated in 2023?

World Occupational Therapy Day is observed on October 27 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday October 27 2023
Sunday October 27 2024
Monday October 27 2025
Tuesday October 27 2026