The Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (ConnOTA)

ConnOTA is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides a professional community for its members. The resources contained in this site will outline membership benefits, continuing education opportunities, and serve as a resource for promoting the profession in the State of Connecticut.

Our mission is to protect and promote the advancement of the practice of Occupational Therapy while serving the needs of our members and consumers of our services.

MILDRED ROSS, OTR/L, FAOTA,   1925 - 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Mildred Ross on May 14th 2020 following a long illness. Her career as an occupational therapist was full of passion and dedication to all those she served. Mildred never forgot the people who were the most helpless and she dedicated her work to reaching out to these people and offering them purpose and compassion.

Mildred will be remembered for her workshops, public speaking and publications. Mildred loved teaching and her workshops and publications provided structured and idea-filled ways to help students and therapists expand their work. Two of her books illustrate this.  Integrative Group Therapy, The Structured Five –Stage Approach, and Integrative Group Therapy: Mobilizing Coping Abilities with the Five – Stage Group. This book included the development of an evaluation, co-developed with Brenda Smaga (Auerbach). Her writings about group work were pivotal and inspired generations of students to understand the potential of OT’s role with group members. Also, in writing the book: For the Love of Occupation: Reflections on a Career in Occupational Therapy, Mildred showed her love of the profession and how she wanted to share her occupational therapy experiences by helping others understand her challenging but satisfying career. In this book she mentions so many occupational therapists she has mentored and encouraged and gave them the opportunity to share their own unique contributions to the profession.

Mildred held the office of President of the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association and served on several state and professional committees, one being the inception of the State of Connecticut Alzheimer’s Committee. Mildred was a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and in 2017 she was named one of the 100 most influential Occupational Therapists in the profession, by the OT Archive Editorial Board. The link to this is:

Mildred is survived by her two daughters: Susan Ross and her partner Stan Nowak, her daughter Sara Ross Clark and her husband Bobby and her beloved grandson, Nathan, her sister Hadis and her niece Ester and her husband Tom and her nephew Lionel. She was predeceased by her son Eric Ross.

Her work will continue and be remembered, especially by those who are brave enough to work with the underserved populations in our society.

Mildred died within the loneliness of the Covid 19 epidemic, although she did not have the virus. She was so brave throughout it all.

Valnere McLean, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Brenda Auerbach, MS, OTR, FAOTA
Mary-Ellen Johnson, OTD, MAHSM, OTR/L
Marli Cole MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Karen McDonald, Ph.D., MS, OTR/L


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Public Health commissioner orders suspension of license renewals and payment of associated fees during pandemic - 

Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell today issued an order suspending the need for all DPH licensees to renew their licenses throughout the duration of the declared COVID-19 emergency. This applies to all licenses the agency administers, including those for health care facilities and practitioners. Licensees will not be required to pay the fees associated with the renewals during this time but will be required to pay such fees retroactively when the period of license renewal suspension is over.  All active licenses will remain active throughout the duration of the declared emergency.


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