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April 2009 - Posts


Conference update: State of the Association
April 28, 2009 8:00 PM by EJ Brown
The shrinking economy began hitting the association hard last year, and it continues to challenge AOTA's financial resources unrelentingly, according to Treasurer Saburi Imara, whose annual report at the national conference in Houston last week was sobering. Read More...
The Slagle Lecture: New Insight into OT's Ongoing Struggle for Recognition
April 27, 2009 3:24 PM by EJ Brown
I have been studying the history and concept of occupational therapy for the past 21 years, mentored mostly by people like the late Helen Hopkins, the late Gail Fidler, ADVANCE columnist Jane Sorensen, and Texas educator Kitty Reed. The founders' names, Read More...
Swine Flu: What You Should Know
April 27, 2009 11:10 AM by Susan Coyle
On April 25, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared swine flu a "public health emergency of international concern." On April 26, the U.S. followed suit, declaring a national public health emergency, according to the New York Times. Thus far, the Read More...
Congratulations Are in Order!
April 26, 2009 11:04 PM by Jill Glomstad
No AOTA Conference is complete without its annual night to celebrate the best, brightest and most dedicated. Last night's awards ceremony honored dozens of OTs who have helped advance the profession through research, practice, education, scholarship, Read More...
Are You a Spider?
April 25, 2009 4:12 PM by Jill Glomstad
That was AOTA President Penelope Moyers-Cleveland's question for her audience at the Presidential Address this year. Attendees received spider rings as they entered the hall to hear her speech, and Cleveland took the stage with a red cape that resembled Read More...
Houston Heats Up
April 24, 2009 5:53 PM by Jill Glomstad
It's sunny and in the 80s this week in Houston, but its occupational therapists who are really heating up the city as thousands have come from far and wide for AOTA's 89 th annual conference. If you've ever attended an AOTA conference, you know the opening Read More...
Conference Update: A Speed Bump in the Future of OT Education?
April 23, 2009 1:24 PM by EJ Brown
It's widely known within the profession that occupational therapy has an education "problem." The issue isn't in the quality of its academics, nor in a lack of program levels or foci. The difficulty that is arising lies in how far and wide the scope of Read More...
Houston, Here We Come!
April 21, 2009 3:53 PM by Jessica LaGrossa
The ADVANCE team is packed and ready to head to Houston for the 89th Annual AOTA National Conference! Well, some of us still need to pack, but we are definitely ready for the warm Texas weather and to see all of the friendly, familiar OT faces that we Read More...
Facebook Population Hits 200 Million
April 9, 2009 10:37 AM by Susan Coyle
Facebook officially signed up its 200-millionth user on Wednesday, giving it a population greater than Brazil and even Japan, according to the Associated Press. Are you one of the 200 million? ADVANCE is, and we'd love for you to join us. Visit Read More...
RA Defeats Motions to change board representation, upgrade member feedback options
April 8, 2009 10:31 AM by EJ Brown
By a vote of 50-1, the Representative Assembly has defeated Motion 5 that would have changed the elective procedure for members of the AOTA Board of Directors to ensure that it included a broad representation of practice areas. It has also turned down Read More...
RA Passes Consent Agenda, Motions on Re-licensure Model and Internat'l FW Resources
April 7, 2009 11:19 AM by EJ Brown
The Representative Assembly is in full swing this week, having already voted on several measures and in discussion of several more. The assembly passed the items on Consent Agenda Y, and also voted unanimously to have the Commission on Continuing Competence Read More...
RA Update: International Fieldwork, Licensure Standards for Re-entry Get Favorable Comments
April 2, 2009 10:15 PM by EJ Brown
On day 4 of the 2009 Representative Assembly, the body is still awaiting passage of Consent Agenda Y, which recommends defeat of three orginal motions with which task groups (TGs) have replaced some substitute motions. They are: Motion 1 , which would Read More...
Two Birds with One Tax?
April 1, 2009 12:17 PM by Susan Coyle
The country's largest tobacco tax increase went into effect this morning, raising the tax on cigarettes from 39 cents a pack to $1.01, according to USA Today . The money from the tax reportedly will be used to fund the State Children's Health Insurance Read More...


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