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  • The Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association established an ad hoc committee to investigate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of changing the occupational therapy assistant entry level degree from the current associate degree to either 1) include both the associate and bachelor’s degree as options for OTA education, or 2) elevate the entry level degree exclusively to the bachelors degree.

    A survey has been launched  online to collect information from Occupational Therapy Assistant practitioners  to allow the ad hoc committee to represent this stakeholders’ viewpoint. Similar surveys will be distributed to other key stakeholder groups over the next week.



    Please take 10 minutes to answer the questions in this survey and respond by December 31, 2013
    .

    The link to the survey:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7SBHNZZ

     

    (Note: If the link does not work … copy and paste the above address into your web browser)

  • Dear Dr. Harvison,

    I noticed that the OTA Ad Hoc report is now available online.  I am wondering if any additional information was collected in the surveys because the data in the report is a little sparse.  The report seems to be recently dated (2/24/14) - Is this an updated interim report that was delivered to the Fall 2013 RA, or is this the final report for the Spring??  If this is not the Fall interim report, was that made available?

    I would also be interested in knowing the actual questions of the survey and what the response choices were along with a full reporting of responses.

    As a final request, is there archived information about the online discussion regarding the decision to create the survey?  I looked on the OT Connections site but was unable to find it archived.  In order to be fully informed about the issue, it would be helpful to view the history of the whole process.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer.

    Christopher J. Alterio, Dr.OT, OTR

  • I am assuming that you are referring to the interim report from the Ad Hoc Committee to the RA that was posted on the RA meeting site. The Ad Hoc Committee Chairperson  did notify the RA leadership that they had not completed the charge as projected for the spring meeting and will submit the final report to the fall 2014 meeting. The format for the interim reports requires that they be limited (1-2 pages) and focus on highlights. In summary, the Ad Hoc completed surveys of a number of stakeholder groups. The Ad Hoc members are now collecting data on a number of external issues.  The final report will include the surveys as an addendum. The fall 2013 interim report was submitted to the RA for their meeting. I believe it was posted with the other meeting materials at that time.

    I am not sure what "online discussion regarding the decision to create the survey" you are referring to in the message? The surveys were created by the Ad Hoc Committee members appointed by the RA to inform their report as charged......" by the Speaker to investigate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of changing the occupational therapy assistant entry level degree from the current associate degree to either 1) include both the associate degree and bachelors degree as options for OTA education, or 2) elevate the entry level degree exclusively to the bachelors degree."

    Regards,

    Neil

    Neil Harvison PhD, OTR, FAOTA

  • Thanks for the information.  I suppose this is a process question, but is all of this detail posted somewhere, or is it necessary to ask in order to find out?  I spoke with my RA rep extensively about this and they reported that they did not see any interim report until it was just posted (2/24/14).   Is the Fall 2013 report available somewhere?

    When I reference 'online discussions' I am referring to the Online RA process.  Or even a summary of that process.  I find that it is very difficult to gather information about these issues as information is not easy to find on the RA section here or on the AOTA website.  Perhaps I am just not knowing where to look - but neither does my RA rep - and that would seem to be a rather large problem given the gravity of these issues.

    Is there a reason why surveys that have already been completed can't be released?  And why are interim reports so limited?  Given the length of time that this has been ongoing it is concerning that such limited data is being released.  It will be difficult to digest a lot of information in real time and be able to participate in this process if new decisions are being made at the same time that all of the reports are released.

    Can we please have more transparency with this, or at least transparency on where all the information is located so people can participate in this process?

    Thanks

    Christopher J. Alterio, Dr.OT, OTR

  • This is Michele Luther-Krug, OTA representative. It is located in public notices and open to all AOTA members. The interim OTA ad hoc report was posted as soon as it was received from the chair of that group and there  have been notices in AOTA publications about the RA spring online meeting, agenda, reports, motions etc. with a link to all this information. Hope that this helps. Please give me any feedback you have. The meeting is ongoing and I am looking for more input

  • Good Morning,

    I have been appointed the OTA Representative for the Spring RA –On Line Meeting. I would like your input on the following agenda items before Friday March 14th. Please respond to this link or to me directly. I value any and all input and will be your voice.

    • We move that the Representative Assembly adopt a position on the importance of programmatic accreditation of all professional degree programs majoring in the study of occupational therapy.  We further move that the RA recommend that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education consider offering accreditation to post-professional doctoral programs.    

    • Should AOTA’s Professional Development Tool (PDT) be modified to develop a student version of the Professional Development Tool

    • The RA will receive an interim  report from the ad hoc committee which has been investigating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of changing the OTA entry level degree from the current Associate Degree to either

    a) Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree options or b) Exclusively entry level Bachelor’s Degree for OTA.          

    • Should the RA add a representative from the OT and OTA Program Directors?  Currently the OTA and OT Program Directors each have a seat on the Commission on Education, (COE) , the chair of which has voice and vote in the RA.

    • There is a proposal to create an ad-hoc committee in the RA to develop leadership initiatives to foster leadership skills within the RA and facilitate succession to future leaders across our profession.  This would be in collaboration with Volunteer Leadership Development Committee, (VLDC).

    • The Commission on Practice (COP) is developing a knowledge and skills paper addressing both entry level and advanced skills OT’s need in the area of Complex Seating and Wheeled Mobility.  

    • We will be voting to approve the recently created The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care document

    Best Regards,

    Michele Luther-Krug

    AOTA-RA  OTA Representative

  • Please send your direct email to us. I would like to contact you privately. 

    Sent by iPhone of Debbie Amini

    On Mar 19, 2014, at 3:19 PM, "Michele Luther-Krug COTA/L,SCADCM,CDRS" <bounce-mlkcotaapcdrs@aota.org> wrote:

    Good Morning,

    I have been appointed the OTA Representative for the Spring RA –On Line Meeting. I would like your input on the following agenda items before Friday March 14th. Please respond to this link or to me directly. I value any and all input and will be your voice.

    • We move that the Representative Assembly adopt a position on the importance of programmatic accreditation of all professional degree programs majoring in the study of occupational therapy.  We further move that the RA recommend that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education consider offering accreditation to post-professional doctoral programs.    

    • Should AOTA’s Professional Development Tool (PDT) be modified to develop a student version of the Professional Development Tool

    • The RA will receive an interim  report from the ad hoc committee which has been investigating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of changing the OTA entry level degree from the current Associate Degree to either

    a) Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree options or b) Exclusively entry level Bachelor’s Degree for OTA.          

    • Should the RA add a representative from the OT and OTA Program Directors?  Currently the OTA and OT Program Directors each have a seat on the Commission on Education, (COE) , the chair of which has voice and vote in the RA.

    • There is a proposal to create an ad-hoc committee in the RA to develop leadership initiatives to foster leadership skills within the RA and facilitate succession to future leaders across our profession.  This would be in collaboration with Volunteer Leadership Development Committee, (VLDC).

    • The Commission on Practice (COP) is developing a knowledge and skills paper addressing both entry level and advanced skills OT’s need in the area of Complex Seating and Wheeled Mobility.  

    • We will be voting to approve the recently created The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care document

    Best Regards,

    Michele Luther-Krug

    AOTA-RA  OTA Representative

  • I wanted to clarify what I was looking for.  I notice now that prior year's minutes are posted here: www.aota.org/.../Minutes.aspx  It could be that I missed these the last time I checked - but looking today I see they are there.  I don't know if I missed them or if they have been recently added.  It is very difficult to find information on a page when everything is plain text and all the same font size.

    I admit it may be my aging eyes - but a suggestion would be to have key links bolded, a different color, and maybe even accompanied by a simple graphic.  For example:

    AOTA RA MINUTES: CLICK HERE!


    I am not a web designer - I am just trying to offer feedback.  It is REALLY hard to find things on a WALL OF TEXT webpage.  These are important issues and I think it should be EASY to find them when members go looking.


    Secondly, when I was referencing online conversations, I was looking for archived OT Connections Forums where the RA conversations happened.  It seems that the RA section is wiped clean for each meeting, so there is no record of previous meetings (except for what is encapsulated in minutes).  Maybe I am mistaken and I just can't find it - I hope that is the case.  It is easier to follow the development of an issue when you can go back and see what the discussion was when it was started.

    I hope this adds some clarity about what I am looking for.

    For the record, these things are critical because very important issues come up in front of the RA, and in my following these proceedings over the last couple years as it switched to an online format it seems that the format is still being perfected.  I don't have any problems with finessing the process over small issues, but there is too much at stake to tackle hefty issues in this format under the current rule structure in my opinion.

    Over the December meeting several reps had their comments CUT OFF based on the rules of the day that everyone agreed to - 2 postings with only 200 words each.  Yet those same reps approved the same rules of the day THIS TIME even though they had their comments cut short last time.  That meant that we didn't hear a full debate on the new Practice Framework.  What if there are future motions about level of OTA and OT education, or other important issues - these things are too important to be restricted in the way that the process is currently operating.

    All of us (as AOTA) will do our best to promote

    1. EASY AND CLEAR ACCESS TO MEETING MINUTES, REPORTS, AND OTHER RELATED DATA ON MOTIONS

    2. SUSPENSION OF 200 WORD LIMITS WHICH LIMITS DEBATE

    3. TRANSPARENCY ON THE PROCESS OF POPULATING TASK GROUPS - HOW ARE MEMBERS CHOSEN FOR EACH GROUP?

    4. AN END TO ATTEMPTS AT STACKING THE DECK.  THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY YEARS OF ATTEMPTS TO DO END-RUNS AROUND THE RA, MOTIONS TO ELIMINATE THE RA, AND NOW IN CURRENT MOTIONS ATTEMPTS TO POPULATE THE RA WITH EVEN MORE EDUCATORS.

    From a member's perspective, the process is very confusing.  This Spring there seems to be two motions that are absolutely MOOT!  One has to do with creating a professional development tool that is apparently already in development.  The second has to do with asking ACOTE to do something when the RA has no authority to do so! 


    How are these things even making it into motions that are accepted if they are MOOT?

    And as the RA may be wasting time on these things, we don't have the report that we were expecting on the OTA education level issue. 

     

    Christopher J. Alterio, Dr.OT, OTR

     

  • michele.luther-krug@piedmont.org