Today’s blog is about a critical role for the next Vice-President of AOTA; in fact it is a critical role for every occupational therapy practitioner and student.
BEING AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ADVOCATE!
For 33 years I have been an active advocate for occupational therapy, occupational therapy practitioners and our consumers. Each year, I participate in AOTA’s Capitol Hill Day. I have made 20 visits to Capitol Hill on Hill Day, in conjunction with AOTA Board of Director meetings and on personal visits to Washington D.C. This September I had the honor of acting as a mentor for two students who were making their first visit to the Hill. It was a wonderful experience.
I am a longtime supporter of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC) and participate in the “two dollar a day” program. Last year I donated over $1,000 to AOTPAC.
As Vice-President, I will continue to be highly engaged in advocacy. I will be highly engaged with AOTA members and non-members on social media, at State Association Conferences, at the AOTA Annual Conference & Exhibition and at other professional meetings such as the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) to encourage others to be active advocates.
Please take a moment to visit www.aota.org/takeaction and spend a few minutes at the AOTA Legislative Action Center. Key issues currently being debated in Congress include the following (click the link to learn more):
Help me and other occupational therapy advocates to be more powerful professionals and take action now!
The opinions expressed in my blog are personal and neither represent the views of my employer nor any organization.