Module 3: Taking Action
By the end of this module, occupational therapy practitioners and students will:
- State two resources for locating information related to the effective advocacy participation.
- Discuss at least three advocacy activities at the local, state, and national levels.
- Contact a legislator regarding support of a policy affecting occupational therapy practice.
- Examine the roles of an occupational therapy student and practitioner in a legislative meeting.
- Select two advocacy activities that one can participate as a student and/or practitioner.
- Construct an advocacy plan for taking action in the future!
Knowing that your actions make a difference can help motivate you to act. Check out outstanding successes regarding advocacy here- perhaps it will motivate you to act! Don't forget to share your accomplishments on Twitter and tweet at us, @LEAPforOT.
As inboxes get full, there is always an option to call your legislator. You might know what is important to you, but do you know what to say? This activity provides a tip sheet with a script and a live video example of a successful call.
Nothing is more powerful than contacting your legislator again and again. You know your legislators, you know your priorities, now write! This activity will provide templates for writing an email or letter and also show you another great feature of AOTA's Legislative Action Center.
Federal and state legislators have offices in your district and the Capitol. Meeting with your legislator is a great way to create a personal connection. This activity will teach you how to schedule a meeting, prepare talking points, and prepare a professional follow-up. AOTA has amazing resources to support your meeting.
Every September, the AOTA Federal Affairs team organizes an annual AOTA Hill Day. Over 700 students and clinicians have participated in this live event, meeting with their legislators and advocating for OT.
This activity provides reflections from prior students about their AOTA Hill Day experience.
Mark your calendars for September 25, 2017!
Unable to advocate in person? Organize a virtual Hill Day, where you can write legislators or host a virtual meeting with a staffer. Participate with your class or department and show strength in numbers! This activity will provide some tips for organizing your day.
ADVOCACY FOR CONSUMERS
How to teach our clients to advocate for themselves and the need for occupational therapy
Do you know the election laws for the state you live or work in?This section provides information on federal and state election laws, voting accessibility, and voting tips for people who have a disability. This is great information to share with your clients!
How do you feel about your understanding of opportunities to take action?
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