Several individuals on one of the listservs that I subscribe to were irritated/perplexed at the change from emailed listservs to forums on the OTConnections site. In reality, I think that this will operate much like everything did on the AOTA site, as you always had the opportunity to access the listservs in forum format (check out that alliteration!). But if you're having trouble changing over and would like to continue receiving emails of the new topics and discussions, here's a step-by-step process.
When you first go to http://otconnections.aota.org/ there is an option to sign up or log in. You use your same old AOTA.org name and password to log in.
At this point, you will be redirected to your 'homepage.' This page shows your latest activity and that of your friends. When you first sign in, the only friend you will have is "OT Connections." You don't have to get anymore if you don't want to. This is the page that you can go back to by clicking the "home" tab at top, and can help you navigate to other areas of the site.
To edit your public profile, click the link under the funny picture. This is in the top left. In this section you can upload a photo or pick a different clip art picture to be your 'avatar.' This is just
for what other people see when they look at your page. It's not necessary. You also have an option to add a public biography. What you DO need to do is go to the "Site Options" tab; put in your correct email address, and save the change at the bottom of the page. You can also choose what you get messages about and who can contact you in this tab.
Now, click the "forums" tab on the red bar at the top of the screen. On the right, under "shortcuts," is a link for "Forum Subscriptions."
Now you can scroll through the list and choose which listservs to receive by email. Simply click on the "No" beside the chosen listserv, and it will change to "Yes." And voila! Your listserv emails should return to your inbox unfettered.
If there is a problem with this, let me know and I will try to correct the directions.
And no, I don't work for AOTA, though I totally would if I had the chance. I'm just an OT who is also a computer nerd and thinks that being active in the state and national association is a good benefit. :)