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Hundreds of Occupational Therapy Practitioners to Offer Health Care Solutions on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. — Hundreds of occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students from across the U.S. will meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill on Sept. 30, 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 opportunity for health care professionals to bring their concerns straight to their state’s lawmakers, offer solutions, ask questions, and listen to guest speakers on the topics that affect their work. Last year, a record-breaking 514 occupational therapy practitioners and students from across the U.S. visited Capitol Hill to make their voices heard. To date, more than 600 have registered for the 2013 event.

“AOTA’s Capitol Hill Day offers a chance for occupational therapy practitioners to bring their unique perspective to Congress, educate lawmakers about the importance of the profession, and explain how legislative policies affect those who receive occupational therapy services,” said Heather Parsons, AOTA’s Director of Legislative Advocacy. “It is our most important grassroots event and an exciting day for all in attendance.”

Nationwide, more than 140,000 occupational therapy practitioners help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Legislation supporting access to occupational therapy can reduce overall health care costs by facilitating independence among patients.

Where: The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

When: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 (Briefing begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by Congressional office visits)

Get Connected: For Hill Day updates, follow @AOTAEvents on Twitter or visit AOTA’s Legislative Action Center.

To learn more: E-mail hillday@aota.org or visit www.aota.org. To interview a member of AOTA’s legislative affairs staff or an occupational therapy practitioner about AOTA’s legislative efforts, contact AOTA Media Relations Manager Katie Riley at 301-652-6611, ext. 2963, or kriley@aota.org.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to www.aota.org.

 

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