43 years ago the late Kurt Landsberger, founder of Maddak envisioned a forum where Occupational Therapists could share their ideas and be recognized for their contributions in advancing patient care. His vision became the Maddak Awards Competition, a tribute to the creativity and dedication of Occupational Therapy professionals and students who enhance the rehabilitation process for their clients. Held in conjunction with the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, the Maddak Awards provided a fun, open format for networking, sharing innovation and engagement within the OT community.
Whether developing product, working on marketing or in his many philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Landsberger was always a visionary and had an innate sense of what the next best thing was. When the Maddak Awards were conceived, the technological, interconnected world we live in today was not even in its infancy stages. Today, while meant to be inclusive, the Maddak Awards format and logistics are limiting. While it is a bittersweet announcement, SP Ableware has decided to discontinue the Maddak Awards, and we believe it is the right thing to do in order to make room for new opportunities and adventures.
We are excited to announce that we will be re-focusing our efforts on the OT Circle Program. The OT Circle Program will provide Occupational Therapists with a bigger, better, more inclusive forum to network and share ideas using technology, social media and live events. We believe dedicated resources and efforts on the OT Circle program will provide a better avenue for engagement and cultivate a tighter community between professionals, students and SP Ableware while continuing Mr. Landsberger’s legacy and commitment to promoting the field of occupational therapy.