OT practitioners on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2012—More than 500 occupational therapy clinicians, educators and students from across the U.S. convened on Capitol Hill last week to discuss key legislative issues affecting the profession and the state of health care. Organized by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Hill Day is an annual opportunity for occupational therapy professionals to bring their concerns straight to their state’s lawmakers’ offices, offer solutions, ask questions and listen to guest speakers.
“Occupational therapy students and practitioners are united in working together to improve access for occupational therapy recipients,” said Gail Fisher, MPA, OTR/L, AOTPAC chair. “Meeting with legislators and their staff can be an intimidating but empowering experience. I expect Hill Day participants to be more willing to help in the future with grassroots lobbying and supporting AOTA so that our voice is heard not only on Hill Day, but year-round.”
The group of occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students advocated to: