AOTA Unveils Vision 2025

Vision 2025

Occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.

AOTA is pleased to present Vision 2025, which builds on the work of the Centennial Vision to guide the profession beyond 2017.

In 2014, AOTA began the new visioning process by retaining McKinley and Associates to solicit and organize input from within the profession and from outside stakeholders. This included broad-based surveys to more than 60,000 member and nonmembers, and interviews with industry leadership, all seeking insight on the profession’s challenges, strengths, and potential goals.

McKinley reported their findings at the AOTA Vision Summit, held in October 2015. The Summit brought together just under 100 AOTA staff and volunteer participants, invited to represent a broad range of age, experience, diversity, and practice settings. Over 2 days, the group reviewed McKinley’s research, and also discussed pertinent societal trends and potential changes shifts in health care. The Summit concluded with defined “essential elements” and three drafts of a possible new vision statement.

Those drafts were vetted and distilled into a single statement, which was sent to 58,000 practitioners and students, who responded with a 78% approval rating. The Board adopted and approved Vision 2025 at their February meeting.

Pillars were created to help further define and communicate the Vision’s core tenets to key stakeholders, including OTs, OTAs, educators, students, consumers, policymakers, and the general public:

  • Effective: Occupational therapy is evidence based, client centered, and cost-effective.
  • Leaders: Occupational therapy is influential in changing policies, environments, and complex systems.
  • Collaborative: Occupational therapy excels in working with clients and within systems to produce effective outcomes.
  • Accessible: Occupational therapy provides culturally responsive and customized services.

“Because Vision 2025 builds on the successes of the Centennial Vision, we have the aligned capacity to achieve the outcomes articulated in the vision while expanding our reach to people, populations, and communities,” said AOTA President Ginny Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA.

AOTA Executive Director Frederick Somers added, “the Centennial Vision has been instrumental in guiding the Association’s strategic priorities. Vision 2025 maintains continuity while positioning us to meet the challenges of the changing health care system.”

The Association will be creating materials to facilitate transition to Vision 2025 through 2017.

June 2016

Citation: American Occupational Therapy Association. (2017). Vision 2025. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7103420010.