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Occupational and Physical Therapists

Thomas Ayrovainen

Welcome to the UFT's Occupational and Physical Therapists Chapter's website!

It is my privilege and honor to serve as your chapter leader and work with you in moving forward our chapter.

Our numbers are growing, and participation in our chapter is on the rise. We currently have the largest number of delegates in the history of our chapter, which reflects that growth. This is a critical time for unions at large, so it's important that we remain strong, united and focused. I look forward to working toward a fair and equitable contract, improving communication within our chapter and engaging the chapter's members.

Please make use of our chapter's section of the UFT website. In the box to the left on this page, you'll see links to our contract, a list of our chapter representatives, an archive of our chapter newsletters and other sections where we put important resources for occupational and physical therapists.  Read the latest memorandum of agreement with the city.

Here are some quick links that may also be helpful:

I am available to answer your questions by email at

I also want to ask you to be sure to sign up on the website to make sure you receive important emails during the school year.

Please "bookmark" this page in your browser and periodically review it as I will update it throughout the year.

Thank you.

Thomas Ayrovainen
OT/PT Chapter Leader

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Showing their pride

Hundreds of occupational therapists, physical therapists and educators donned UFT T-shirts on May 13 for the UFT Occupational and Physical Therapists Chapter’s day of solidarity to increase visibility for their chapter and for the work they do.

An inspiring occupational therapist

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month in April this year, we asked therapists to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. We heard about some truly remarkable occupational therapists, including Sarah Baloch, who works in PS 15 in Brooklyn.

Say goodbye to SESIS

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student...

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