Luis Arabit Awarded 2020- Distinguished Lectureship
APHOTA awards one “Distinguished Lectureship" no more frequently than yearly to a member in good standing who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership, academics, or clinical achievement in the initiation, development, or perpetuation of occupational therapy or healthcare in general. This year, APHOTA is proud to announce that it will be conferring the 2020- Distinguished Lectureship Award upon Dr. Luis de Leon Arabit, OTD, OTR/L, BCN, BCPR, C/NDT, PAM, FAOTA. Click here to view previous recipients.
This year’s lecture will be delivered via a webinar hosted by the association on a date and time to be announced soon.
The title of the lecture is “Advocacy, Diversity and Inclusion in Occupational Therapy: An Evolutionary Process”.
Through his lecture, Dr. Luis de Leon Arabit will share occupational therapy’s role in advocacy, diversity and inclusion. While these concepts have become the hallmarks of the profession throughout the world, serving the occupational needs of people, populations, and communities it continues to be a process in evolution. This honored lecture will underscore his knowledge, experiences, and insights in how we can continue to nurture, empower, and further enhance each and every occupational therapy practitioner & students' capacity to promote and strengthen the profession's role in advocacy, diversity and inclusion. This process ensures the continued successful trajectory of the profession. His discussion on diversity in the profession will not only touch on the multicultural perspective but also on how diversity prospers and expands the profession and the public’s understanding of occupation as a means and an end. His perceptions on inclusion will focus on how we can further “open doors” widely for our clients in our work as practitioners.
More about Dr. Luis Arabit:
Dr. Arabit currently serves as an assistant professor of occupational therapy at San Jose
State University. He also serves as the Region V Director of the
American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC), co-chair of
AOTPAC Ambassadors, and board member and Philippine Cultural Liaison of APHOTA. Dr. Arabit earned
his doctoral degree in occupational therapy from the University of Saint
Augustine in Saint Augustine, FL; his MS degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from
Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX in 2005; and his BS degree in occupational
therapy from the University of the Philippines in Manila in 1988. He is an
accomplished occupational therapist with 30 years of experience in clinical
practice and administration/management. Dr. Arabit was the immediate past
Supervisor of Occupational Therapy and Leadership Coordinator of Pediatric
Rehab and The Cleft Palate Program at Adventist Health White Memorial in Los
Angeles, CA. He is Board Certified in Neurorehabilitation & Physical
Rehabilitation and holds certifications in NDT, PNF & the Affolter Concept.
Dr. Arabit was the Vice-President of the Occupational Therapy Association of
California (OTAC), a former Chair of the OTAC Advocacy & Government Affairs
Committee and a former Chair of the Los Angeles Occupational Therapy Leadership
Forum. He was the recipient of the 2016 Janice Matsusuyu Outstanding Service
award and the 2013 Luella Grangaard Political Action award from OTAC. Dr.
Arabit is a published author, writer and speaker at state, national and
international OT conferences on topics related to occupational therapy and
Dr. Luis Arabit has the special distinction of being awarded the Fellow of the American OT Association, the OTAC’s Foundation Award and APHOTA’s Distinguished Lectureship, all in the same year- 2020!