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Professional Development Committee Meeting, April 12, 2019

The committee met over video conference.  Roll Call: Carmen Aguirre, MA, OTR/L, Valarie Dinger, COTA/L, Julie Silver-Seidle, OTD, OTR/L.

Purpose of the meeting was to introduce participating members of professional development activities and map out a calendar of continuing education activities for the remainder of the year.  

Northern District: Happy hour for OT month scheduled for April 17. Continuing education in Role of Sleep scheduled for May 1. Suggested calendar initiatives included a book study, educational session on legislative issues, continuing education on pelvic dysfunction and use of narrative in OT practice.  No additional events scheduled at this time. 

Denver District: Calendar initiatives that were suggested included best practices in documentation, PDPM, and impact of OT services in SNF. No events scheduled at this time. 

Seeking volunteer interest to lead the Denver, Southern, Northern Districts, SIS Sections, and seeking topics for PB&J.

Additional initiatives: Organize committee meetings monthly and organize in-person meetings 2x per year. Invite OTAC FB followers to participate in Neurology Panel. Outreach to invite members to participate in committee and volunteer to fill volunteer positions will be developed. 

Submitted by Amber Sand, OTAC Interim Board Chair for Communications (approved by Carmen Aguirre, OTAC Board Chair for Professional Development )


Happy OT Month (2019)!

April is National OT Month and we have a lot to celebrate!

We are still coming off from a major milestone of 100 years of serving people to help them find meaning though activity. This is a tribute to our long term value as it evolves in traditional and non-traditional markets. As a matter of local pride, the OTAC organization has been around for over seventy years as we were founded in 1946. Hopefully we will continue to demonstrate value to our membership for more years to come. It has been 45 years since the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus was formed at AOTA and one of the foundering members of the Multicultural Networking Groups that are formally recognized at AOTA in 1993. Additionally, this year is the 60th Anniversary of Occupational Therapy Assistants who have been serving a vital role since World War II. There are currently about 55,000 OTAs in the United States. We are all grateful to the contribution of OT assistants to the occupational therapy profession.

Let’s take this month as an opportunity to educate your employer about the longstanding value of Occupational Therapy including its essential role in your organization and recognize the practitioners in your facility. It may be important to recognize that occupational therapy has a commitment to diversity in order to best serve consumers. It would be a great moment to show your appreciation for the Occupational Therapy Assistants in your facility with some kind of recognition. Consider ordering OT Month products online Lastly, if you can attend or let other professionals know about of the national opportunities for professional development offered by our national organization at the AOTA 2019 Conference and Expo going on in New Orleans April 4-7.

On a personal note, I would like to suggest reconnecting with those former classmates, co-workers or current colleagues to say have a great month! Use the hashtag #OTMonth and learn more at

Have an excellent OT Month and get the word out!

Pamela DiPasquale-Lehnerz, MS, OTR/L
OTAC President


In Memoriam: Claudia K. Allen

photograph of Claudia Allen with floral print dress in front of foliageClaudia Allen, MA, OTR, FAOTA who influenced generations of OT practitioners, students and educators around the world passed away on February 25, 2019. Her contributions to our profession and the field of rehabilitation are countless as she informed the practice of Occupational Therapy with persons with cognitive challenges and offered us many tools to provide client-centered care.

Rightfully, Claudia was named one of the 100 most influential people in our profession by AOTA for developing the Cognitive Disabilities Model, with its assessment tools and caregiver strategies that promote best ability to function for clients with cognitive impairments.

I had the privilege to attend many of her trainings and seminars throughout my career and now despite the sad news of her passing, I feel gratitude and humbleness to have learned directly from such an important person in our profession.

Thank you once again, Claudia Allen.

Carmen Aguirre, OTR/L
Board Chair of Professional Development Chair


Tool for Promoting Membership

It is not uncommon to meet an OT practitioner who hasn’t heard of OTAC or has heard of OTAC, but is not aware of what the association provides for the profession of OT in Colorado. OTAC appreciates your advocacy efforts and is here to assist you by providing speaking points to enhance your conversation during your advocacy efforts.

The OTAC Membership Promotion Flyer is a simple tool that communicates the benefits of being a member and includes a series of questions that should concern an OT practitioner in the state of Colorado.

We want you to use this flyer in the most convenient ways that work for you. For example, email it to your non-OTAC member colleagues, post it in your common work area, share it on social media, or read it to increase your knowledge of why your OTAC membership matters.

To locate the OTAC membership promotional flyer click here

Your advocacy efforts promote the growth and sustainability of OTAC for years to come. The MSC appreciates your interest in educating OT practitioners about OTAC and the values that membership provides to ALL Colorado OT practitioners!

OTAC Member Services


Message from the American Hippotherapy Association

March 20, 2019

As part of the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc (AHA Inc)’s advocacy efforts, we are working to address concerns of occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals regarding issues pertaining to best practice, terminology use, coding and billing and scope of practice protection when equine movement is included as a tool/strategy in the therapy plan. In order to support our AHA Inc. member therapy professionals, we are reaching out to each state therapy association with clarification about hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy.

Please click here to read the rest of the message.

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are those of AHA Inc; they do not necessarily reflect the views OTAC.

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