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 FAQs From AOTA’s Board of Directors on the OT and OTA Mandates


On behalf of the AOTA Board, we thank you, our members, for your robust, valuable input as we have spent the past several months discussing the best way for the profession to move forward. AOTA’s mission is to advance occupational therapy practice, education, and research through standards setting and advocacy on behalf of its members, the profession, and the public. Our daily work of AOTA is grounded in a deep desire to do what is best for our members and the occupational therapy profession at large.

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AOTF Awards and Honors

Every year, AOTF recognizes distinguished colleagues and their important contributions to the profession with the A. Jean Ayres Award and the Virginia Scardina Award.  In 2018, we were proud to recognize Roberta (Bobbi) Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, with the A. Jean Ayres Award and Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA with the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence.  It is now time to reflect and consider nominating a colleague for an AOTF award to be given in 2019.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2018.  This may seem far off, but it is not too soon to start the process! 

AOTF Award and Honors




ACOTE® Announcement of OTA Survey

March 8, 2018


The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) continues to explore the role of occupational therapy assistants and the entry-level education requirements. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (3rd ed.; AOTA, 2014) broadened the areas in which occupational therapy professionals practice. In doing so, the role of the OTA is evolving to address the needs of persons, groups, and populations directly and indirectly. The purpose of this survey is to better understand the current and emerging role of the OTA in meeting the occupational needs of society. Please respond to the following survey, which seeks to evaluate the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the profession.


You can access the survey using the following link (or by copying and pasting the link into your web browser). The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete.


ACOTE values your feedback and thanks you for taking the time to respond to this survey. The survey will close on July 15, 2018.




Call for Nominations - Leadership Positions

The following elected positions are available for nomination: President-Elect (1), Treasurer (1), Membership Services Co-Chair (1), Continuing Education/Conference Co-Chair (2), Special Interest Sections Coordinator (1) (see descriptions below)



FAYETTEVILLE – Methodist University’s second doctoral program Occupational Therapy is the first doctorate-level Occupational Therapy program in North Carolina.


Did you know that occupational therapists could serve as qualified mental health professionals (QMHP) in NC?


Occupational Therapy Choice of Provider Bill Filed

NCOTA’s Bill to add occupational therapy practitioners to the NC Choice of Provider Bill was filed in the House on 2/28/17! The bill can be found at Stay tuned to the NCOTA website and Facebook pages and/or for updates.

In the meantime, NCOTA would like to thank Representatives Blackwell, Setzer, Murphy, and Hurley for sponsoring HB 208 and being champions for OT and the people that we serve! If you reside in their district, please consider sending them a personal note or call of thanks. Details about their districts and links to their webpages can be found below and at

Rep Hugh Blackwell: District 86 (Burke County)

Rep Mitchell Setzer: District 89 (Catawba County)

Rep Greg Murphy: District 9 (Pitt County)

Rep Pat Hurley: District 70 (Randolph County) 

R. Bradley Myers, MA, OTR/L
Clinical Specialist, Carolina Therapy Services
Political/Legislative Chair, North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association
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