MAY 7, 2012 • WWW.AOTA.ORG
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Association updates...profession and industry news
Never Too Early
OTA’s 2012 Conference &Expo may have just ended,but we are already callingfor your presentation proposalsfor the 2013 Conference, to beheld in San Diego from April 25to 28. Please share your practiceinnovations, research, and expe-rience by submitting a proposalto present at the 93rd AnnualConference & Expo. Papers maybe submitted anytime betweenMay 14 and June 19. For more,log on to the AOTA Web site(www.aota.org) and click on“Call for Papers.”
We WantYour Opinion
o you do home modifica-tions as part of your OT orOTA practice? If so, you areinvited to complete a survey tohelp inform the profession aboutcurrent practice. The survey isa collaboration between AOTAand Duquesne University’sOccupational Therapy Depart-ment. Please use this link tocomplete the survey before May31: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ YGZSMK3. For additional infor-mation, e-mail Patricia Crist email@example.com or Karen Smithat firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACOTE SeeksNew AccreditationEvaluators
re you interested in becom-ing a volunteer accredita-tion evaluator? Applicationsare being accepted until June 15for the Roster of AccreditationEvaluators.For the positions to be filledin January 2013, the Accredita-tion Council for OccupationalTherapy Education (ACOTE
)is placing a strategic emphasison recruiting a diverse poolof accreditation volunteers. Doc-torally prepared occupationaltherapy practitioners are espe-cially needed and are stronglyencouraged to apply.If you or someone you knowwould be well suited for thisexciting and important volun-teer position, download theEducator or Practitioner appli-cation for membership from the Announcements & Newsletterssection of the ACOTE Website, at www.acoteonline.org,or request an application from AOTA Accreditation staff email@example.com or 301-652-6611, ext. 2914. Applications should becompleted and returned no laterthan June 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the ACOTE Accredi-tation Program, c/o AOTA,P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD20824-1220.
OTA is excited to con-tinue our commitment toleadership developmentby offering an updated Leader-ship Development Program foroccupational therapy manag-ers who want to cultivate theirpower and influence in theirpractice setting and within theprofession. The future viabilityof the profession demands thatwe have solid and skilled leader-ship at all levels of the profes-sion. This program will assist inmeeting the Centennial Visionstrategic objective of “build-ing the profession’s capacity toinfluence and lead.” It is open tooccupational therapy practition-ers (OTs and OTAs) with morethan 5 years of experience whoare currently in managementpositions. Special considerationwill be given to practitionersnew to their rehabilitation/ school-based occupational ther-apy manager/director position. Applications will be acceptedfrom May 15 to June 15. Forsubmission requirements andother details, please go to www.aota.org/managers.
Get a Head Start
ead Start’s 11th NationalResearch Conference willbe held June 18 to 20 atthe Grand Hyatt Washington inWashington, DC. The goals of the conference are to identifyand disseminate research rel-evant to young children (birth to8 years) and their families, andto encourage collaborations andpartnerships among research-ers, practitioners, and policy-makers. The conference willfocus on research that consid-ers low-income families, who areHead Start’s service population.For more information, includingregistration details, visit www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hsrc. AOTA is a cooperating partnerorganization for the conference.
80 AttendOccupationalScience Summit
early 80 scientists andresearchers attended thefirst-ever Occupational Sci-ence Summit, held in St. Louis,Missouri, on March 11. For 3days, occupational therapyresearchers presented theirwork to colleagues to garnerfeedback and critiques. Spon-sored by Washington UniversitySchool of Medicine, Universityof Southern California, Uni- versity of Illinois–Chicago, andThomas Jefferson University,the summit brought togethersenior, mid-level, and entry-levelscientists to further developresearch in occupationaltherapy. For more on the sum-mit, check out the article underthe News and Events section onthe home page of AOTA’s Website (www.aota.org).
New Pediatric Tools
everal new pediatricinformation sheets havebeen released by AOTAwith downloadable informationsheets for practitioners.
Introductory Sheet reviewingthe use and intent of AOTA’smental health informationsheets for children and youth: www.aota.org/Practi-tioners/PracticeAreas/Pedi-atrics/Browse/MH/How-to.aspx?FT=.pdf
Recess Promotion Informa-tion Sheet: www.aota.org/ Practitioners/PracticeAreas/ Pediatrics/New/Recess.aspx?FT=.pdf
Obesity Prevention andIntervention InformationSheet: www.aota.org/Practitioners/PracticeAreas/Pediatrics/Browse/MH/Obesity.aspx?FT=.pdf
Transitions Across ContextsChecklist: www.aota.org/ Practitioners/PracticeAreas/ Pediatrics/New/Checklist.aspx?FT=.pdf
New and RevisedFact Sheets
AOTA has produced the follow-ing new Fact Sheets:
Occupational Therapy’s Rolein Sleep
Occupational Therapy’sRole in Breast CancerRehabilitation