2007 AOTA RA Meeting Summary
Highlights of the 2007 Representative Assembly Online Meeting
The following is a brief summary of some—but certainly not all—of the 24 actions taken by the 8th annual Representative Assembly (RA) Online Meeting held October 23–November 7. The RA is the Congress of AOTA and is responsible for setting policy for the profession. Representatives meet online every fall to conduct Association business in a timely manner.
Special Interest Sections Changes
The Work Programs SIS will now be known as the Work and Industry SIS to better align with the Centennial Vision and hopefully create more interest in this area of practice. The proposed change of the School System SIS to Early Intervention and School SIS has been postponed until the 2008 meeting in Long Beach where this can be discussed more fully in task group. Details for this name change are in the Chairperson Toto’s report http://www.aota.org/Govern/RA/RAMeetings.aspx.
The 2007 postponed motion requesting the Recognitions Committee to develop annual awards for Fieldwork Educator and Fieldwork Site was defeated. However, the 2007 postponed motion charging the Commission on Education (COE) to “develop and disseminate Fieldwork Educator and Fieldwork Sites Award Criteria to include but not be limited to ASAP and Academic Fieldwork Coordinators in order to promote Fieldwork Awards at the state level” was adopted. A report is due at the 2008 RA meeting in Long Beach.
- Adopted the Commission on Practice’s (COP) statement, Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and the Prevention of Disease and Disability Statement. Minor updates were done to Physical Agent Modalities: A Position Paper and Guidelines for Documentation of Occupational Therapy.
- The RA Coordinating Council’s (RACC) two new societal statements on Play and Youth Violence were adopted.
AOTA Governance and Policies
- Association policies on Open Meetings, Official Documents, and Systematic Review of all White Papers were adopted as revised.
- Revisions to the Administrative SOP which featured significant changes to the Disciplinary Action and Budget sections were also adopted.