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Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L

@BillWongOT

OTR/L, OTD, 3x TEDx Talker, TEDx organizer, #actuallyautistic, OTA/OT program adjunct faculty, AOTA Autism CoP Co-facilitator, starting August 1.

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Maybe I think differently- if the OT/OTA program you teach at require students to complete service learning hours, having option(s) for students to complete their volunteer hours in an installment plan type of arrangement should be a must.

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When I heard students are struggling to meet 4 hours requirement for community service learning hours at the program I teach at, I stepped up and designed an experience where these hours can be completed relatively flexibly. I do this because I care about my students!

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Organizing TEDx events is like riding a bike for me. A magic sauce for me is- what are my boundaries to keep the work fun and manageable... even though I most likely have to DIY almost everything and come up with creative solutions to make them budget friendly?

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I think many OT/OTA faculty and capstone coordinators see my 'organizing TEDx events as capstone' idea as too complicated and too little time. My response- 'I keep pace by thinking ahead strategically. I implemented that in my 3rd year and it made a difference!'

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Sometimes the way I work is like a point guard in basketball who likes to play up tempo, but is playing on a team that prefers to play methodical half court offense.

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Organizing TEDx events fits my liking of working up tempo. 3-6 months per event is not a lot of time. Concurrently working on more than 1 event during the year makes it even harder. But, I like it to keep me on my toes.

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I know my late mentor would tell me, 'Your events' turnout might be small. But, more OT/OTA programs should invite you to speak on how you execute these DIY TEDx events with poise. This is community programming development at its finest!'

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I never had the courage to be an emcee until last year. But, when I have to DIY things w/ my TEDx events, that is a mental hurdle I told myself that I must overcome. I know what I have done may not be perfect when I also have to manage other things, but I get the job done!

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I used to be a quiet wallflower. But, my journey in coming to terms with my disability and wanting to do something about it has trained me to be an activist. Then, being involved as a TEDx organizer has upped that a few levels.

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Some may think that my preparing for every possible what if’s is a little paranoid. But, running a TEDx event on game day always require one to be on their A games while having an all hands on deck approach.

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When OT folks sees the variety of tasks required for a TEDx event with a small behind the scenes team, many academics asked me, “Are you sure our students have to be responsible for that much?” I shrugged, “For an event like this, you ALWAYS have to prepare for the what if’s.”

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One thing my mentors never have to tell me- when the cause is right and meaningful to you, you step up even if nobody around you are.

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There are times I don't care if people say 'nobody does that' or 'nobody does it this way'. There were times I accepted it when I learned things the hard way. But, there were times I did it anyway and proved people wrong.

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And to be honest, even though I am into the climate justice lately, I don't consider myself an expert in climate change. Coaching someone to deliver a TEDx talk on this topic is not easy. But, I do it because being a leader sometimes means doing things you are uncomfortable in!

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