Senator Kirk Tells TIME Magazine He’s Most Thankful for Occupational Therapy

Stephanie Yamkovenko

This year for Thanksgiving, TIME magazine asked public figures from Michelle Obama to John Boehner what they are most thankful for. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk had by far our favorite response. He told TIME he was most thankful for the 300,000 physical and occupational therapists in the U.S.

“Every American deserves a chance to regain independent-living skills or return to work following a major health issue,” Senator Kirk told TIME. “Having a stroke shouldn’t mean the end of a productive life. Physical and occupational therapists make a major difference in countless Americans’ lives, including the life of this U.S. Senator.”

Read the TIME article here.

In early 2012, Senator Kirk had a stroke and spent a year in rehab working with occupational therapy practitioners. AOTA interviewed the senator and his occupational therapists for an article about his recovery. Read it here.

Stephanie Yamkovenko is AOTA’s Web editor.