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2016 OTAC Annual Conference

October 27-30, 2016
Hilton Pasadena & Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California

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OTAC Announces New Vision, Revised Mission Statement, and New Strategic Plan

As of July 1, 2016, the OTAC Board of Directors has adopted a new Vision, revised Mission Statement, and a new 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. The OTAC Core Values and Leadership Motto remain as previously adopted/published. You can read about the development of the new / revised statements and Strategic Plan in the July 2016 OTAC Newsletter on pages 3 and 4.

OTAC Welcomes 2016-2017 Board of Directors

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors officially took their Board positions as of July 1, 2016 for the 2016-2017 term. Board officers (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) are elected by the members-at-large from across the state. The regional directors and director-elects are elected by the members-at-large from each corresponding region. The complete list of members of the Board of Directors and committee chairs is on page 2 of the July 2016 OTAC Newsletter.

It's Official! Our Application Has Been Approved!

The 2017 OT Centennial Float application has been approved.  Now the hard work begins in earnest.  We need to raise $300,000 for design and construction.  We are halfway to our goal.

Come help OT become widely recognized and globally connected.  We will be seen by more than 47 million viewers in the United States.

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What's New!

Practitioners use evidence to give us confidence we are providing the best possible occupational therapy treatment to our clients.   However, there are approximately 30 U.S. and international journals published specifically for occupational therapy practitioners, and research relevant to our practice published in a large number of journals. It is imperative that we utilize our critical thinking abilities to quickly evaluate whether an article informs our practice. 

The OTAC Practice, Ethics and Reimbursement Committee is showcasing a new feature that may help expose you to different kinds of research.  Students will demonstrate how they are learning to evaluate evidence.  Look at the articles they have selected.  Is one of interest to you?  What is the design of the study?  Is the research design strong or weak?  Is the study population similar to the clients you treat?  Do you agree with the findings (why or why not)?  How will you find additional information about the topic?  

Access the five new briefs now!

If you would like to submit an evidence brief, email the Committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

OT School-based Practice Subcommittee: Practice, Ethics, & Reimbursement Committee

OTAC is advocating for a credential for occupational therapists practicing in the California public schools. OTAC representatives have met with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and key Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) leaders with positive reception and feedback. The next step is to provide evidence of support from our profession.

Thank you to everyone who answered our survey.
For more information read our letter to the membersFAQs and OT School-based Credential Issue Statement.

Julie Bissell, OTD, OTR/L, ATP
Lisa Test, OTD, OTR/L
Amanda Carney, OTR/L


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