OT Exchange is the brainchild of occupational theapist Nikki Elbaz and software developer Shalom Solomon (owner of ExceedIT).
The original idea was for OT Exchange to become a site that would serve as a central meeting place for the pediatric OT community. In truth, everything Nikki wished for in a site was already developed by Deanna Sava's MSN website. Deanna's site provided a wealth of information for the seasoned therapist to get fresh ideas or for those suffering from "new grad anxiety" who were in desperate need of direction. As a very similar and successful site owned by Deanna Sava already existed, Nikki felt that the two sites could be combined. Together, Nikki, Deanna, ExceedIT, and cutting edge design company Digital Broadcasters became the core team of OT Exchange.
ExceedIT and Digital Broadcasters donated months of development time to create the original site based on constant feedback and textual improvements from Nikki and Deanna.
By constantly developing new and improved features, based on our users' feedback, we hope to achieve much more then ever was possible with the old MSN based site.
We want to thank the following site previewers who helped us work out some of the initial "bugs." We also want to thank them and the many others who continue to support and encourage us in the development of this site and our other endeavors:
Kelly Bober, Special Education Teacher
Claudia Ginsberg-Brown, Occupational Therapist
Diana Henry, Occupational Therapist
Kerry Kean, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Laurie Renke, Parent and SPD Parent Connections Coordinator
Angela Sallerson, Occupational Therapist
Staff of Broadmoor School
The work is not complete as more features will be added in the future. The site is, and hopefully will always be, in development to reflect our very innovative and progressive profession. We appreciate those of you who contribute content to this site and participate in chat room discussions. We welcome any and all input as the public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument is the exchange of ignorance.