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  • Virtual Presentations

    Today, I enjoyed connecting via Skype with a group of practitioners and students from Southwestern Missouri regarding what is happening on Capitol Hill, health care reform implementation and advocacy. I love being able to connect with practitioners across...
  • Hill Visits = Success

    I've just returned to Michigan after spending the last couple of days in Washington DC on Capitol Hill having meetings regarding the therapy cap, OT mental health act, and home health flexibility act. The focus of these meetings was to get in front...
  • Thank you

    On behalf of the AOTPAC Board of Directors I would like to extend my sincerest thank you to the AOTA Membership for coming together to work toward a common goal. Thanks to the support of the membership AOTPAC achieved their 2011 Fundraising goal! More...
  • Launching the AOTPAC Student Challenge - A New Approach

    Thanks to fabulous coordinating and leadership by the ASD Steering Committee we are trying a new approach to getting the word out about the AOTPAC Student Challenge. We held a brief conference call this evening where schools from around the country dialed...
  • AOTPAC Chair Blog - Emerging Leaders Hill Visits 2012

    There is a great group of Emerging Leaders ready to take on Capitol Hill this Wednesday, January 11th! We have 25 offices that will be visited by some of our 2012 Emerging Leaders cohort, sharing the message about occupational therapy. What a great time...
  • Advocacy in Action

    Yesterday (June 14th), I took some post professional students from Misericordia University to Capitol Hill to experience advocacy first hand. We had meetings and covered the states of Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Michigan with our...
  • 2011: Doing our Part

    The days sure seem to be flying by...conference is right around the corner. Efforts are full steam ahead and we have some exciting things in the works for this year. The AOTPAC Board and AOTA staff have been busy preparing for Philly. Our fundraising...
  • Thank you to AOTA's Conference Attendees for your support of AOTPAC

    A big thank you to the AOTA members who contributed to AOTPAC during their recent trip to Orlando. We had set a conference goal for $40,000 to be raised. I had the opportunity to share the GO Time message with leadership groups and get the word out about...
  • Conference is Coming!

    It is always crazy trying to tie up everything at work to be gone for a week but being with fellow colleagues and celebrating OT Month together is worth the mountain of emails that will await my return to the office. We just wrapped up our final board...
  • AOTA in Action For YOU!

    I loved what I heard on the recent podcast recorded by AOTA Federal Affairs Department with regards to what AOTA is doing all of us with regards to the Medicare Therapy Caps. As the front page article on the AOTA website outlined "AOTA is focusing...
  • Facebook Movement on the Therapy Caps....Join the Effort Today!

    If your on facebook join AOTA's effort to STOP the Medicare Therapy Caps! Search the group Stop the Medicare Therapy Cap and join the social networking movement. This is a place where we can share stories and strategies to help Stop the Therapy Cap...
  • OT's Voice on Capitol Hill -- Now is the Time!

    Last week I traveled to my home away from home to join my colleagues on Capitol Hill. On Monday over 320+ students and practitioners joined me and the AOTA Federal Affairs team to knock on the House and Senate doors and get the message out about occupational...
  • Join Me in Washington DC

    Join me in Washington DC on October 5th for AOTA's annual Capitol Hill Day! The stakes are larger than ever and we are looking for a crowd to show we understand what it at stake in health care reform. Let's surpass the record breaking 200...
  • Congressional Recess - the perfect storm!

    The phrase perfect storm refers to the simultaneous occurrence of events which, taken individually, would be far less powerful than the storm resulting of their chance combination. Such occurrences are rare by their very nature, so that even a slight...
  • Health Care Reform

    After just returning from DC with some students from Misericordia University and spending time with them on Capitol Hill advocating for occupational therapy and seeking sponsors and co-sponsors for the Home Health Bill, it is clear that health care is...
  • Keep OT Month Alive!

    As we have all had a few days to settle back in after our journey to and from Houston we can reflect on everything we learned there in sessions, networking opportunities and more. It has been so exciting to see the number of people who are getting more...
  • AOTPAC Celebrates Successes in Houston

    AOTA hosted another fantastic networking and educational event for occupational therapy practitioners this past week. The 89th annual conference and expo in Houston was a true success for all. AOTPAC exceeded their $30,000 conference fundraising goal...
  • AOTA Annual Conference in Houston

    Greetings from Houston! AOTA's annual conference is off to a great start. It is so fun to see practitioners and students from near and far coming to support their national association and advance their practice while networking with colleagues...
  • Reflections on the Inaugural from Sue Harris, AOTA Member/AOTPAC Contributor

    AOTA and AOTPAC drawing winner at the Inauguration of Barrack Obama It all began when it was announced that for a $1000.00 contribution to the AOTPAC , my name would be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a trip to the Inauguration on 1/20...
  • The Ball

    AOTA was a sponsor of the Michigan Inaugural Ball. AOTA President Penny Moyers-Cleveland and her husband Frank, AOTA member Sue Harris and her husband Michael, my husband Nate and I, and AOTA staff Tim Nanof and Ralph Kohl attended the event. We...
  • A Part of History

    At 6am , AOTA member Sue Harris and I began our journey down to the Capitol and more specific the location of the inaugural viewing co-sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association at 101 Constitution. We stayed in Bethesda by the AOTA Headquarters...
  • Thrill of a Lifetime

    Today was a day of fanfare for the president-elect. We spent the day reflecting on the concert yesterday, observed our next President partaking in a day of service. Today being Martin Luther King, Jr. day the President-elect had a sound-byte worth repeating...
  • Back in the Nations Capitol

    The festivities for the inauguration of our 44th President of the United States are well underway in our nations capitol. My husband and I arrived yesterday early and took the day to be tourists (something I do not typically get to do when in town). We...
  • Congressional Swearing in of the 111th Congress

    If you need a new pair of shoes, try walking the Halls of Congress as we did for receptions for the Congressional Swearing In Ceremonies of the 11th Congress. On the serious side, perhaps the newest Congresswoman from the Illinois 11th District summed...