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Research Article  |   December 1992
Ten Milestone Issues in AOTA History
Author Affiliations
  • Wilma L. West, MA, OTR, FAOTA, is a past President of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is retired from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Mailing address: 6200 Oregon Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015)
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Practice
Research Article   |   December 1992
Ten Milestone Issues in AOTA History
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1992, Vol. 46, 1066-1074. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.12.1066
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1992, Vol. 46, 1066-1074. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.12.1066
Abstract

This paper identifies 10 professional questions that the author has labeled milestone issues in the history of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Subjects encompassed by these issues are medical control, certified occupational therapy assistants, licensure, proficiency testing, entry-level degrees, treatment media, maintenance of competency, whether occupational therapists serve patients or clients, professional autonomy, and the status of occupational therapy as a profession. Although this paper is primarily a factual record of events and discussions referenced in official publications, the reader will recognize the insertion of author commentary and opinion in several of the issues discussed.