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10/03/2013

AOTA's Hill Day!

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This Monday, September 29, 2013 the P2 Occupational Therapy class traveled to Washington D.C. and participated in AOTA's Hill Day.  This program This Monday, September 29, 2013 the P2 Occupational Therapy class traveled to Washington D.C. and participated in AOTA's Hill Day.  This program allows students, teachers and practitioners to join forces and advocate to our legislators about the current issues facing the occupational therapy profession.  Each student prepared an appointment with our federal representatives to express our feelings about the Medicare therapy caps, our desire to be seen as federally recognized mental health practitioners, sequester cuts that decreased school based OT and the urge for the NIH to be funded for research in rehabilitation science.     

    Throughout this fall semester, my clinical leadership course has prepared me to speak knowledgably on each of these topics to my legislator.  Even thought it was a crazy day on the Hill, I really feel that I was given the opportunity to play a role in leading OT into the future.  I am excited to one day see the benefits of advocating for the profession.  

Picture above: Members of the P2 Doctoral Class of 2016 take a photo behind the Capitol Building.  

 

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Great report, Ali. Go USciences OT students led by Professor Wendy Fox and dr? Colleen Maher

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