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Bill McKisson - Historical perspective of the field of occupational therapy
OTA 110 Historical Perspectives timeline - Bill McKisson
⟶ Updated 9 Oct 2017 ⟶
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10 Oct 2017
Bill McKisson - A Timeline
George Barton, William Dunton, Eleanor Clark Slagle, Susan Cox Johnson, Thomas Kidner and Isabel newtonmeet and producethe Cetificate of Incorporation of the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy.
William Dunton presents a set of principles for the field of Occupational Therapy
Adolf Meyer uses holistic approach to provide the first philosophical statement about the profession of Occupational Therapy.
U.S. military initiates reconstruction program to help rehabilitate soldiers injured in WWI. Reconstruction Aides demonstrated how being involved in activities was beneficial to shell-shocked soldiers.
Members voted to change the name from the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy to the American Occupational Therapy Association.
The first Minimum Standards for courses of Training in Occupational Therapy is adopted by the AOTA in order to create a more uniform workforce.
The American Medical Association assumes the inspection and accreditation of occupational therapy schools.
A journal for the field of occupational therapy is created. It is called Archives of Occupational Therapy. It later renamed the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
The Great Depression slows the development of the field of occupational therapy
In order to serve vets of WWII, the Veterans Administration employs more occupational therapy practitioners to aid in the rehabilitation of those returning from war.
Medicare is enacted.
The first educational programs for the newly created occupational therapy assistant position are fromed.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is passed. It promotes equality and self-determination for those with disabilities.
Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 is passed furthering the appropriated education of children with disabilities.
The Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 which aids in promoting the availability of assistive devices to those with disabilities is enacted.
Over 30 years, Dr. Gary Kielhofner develops the Model of Human Occupation. "Life takes on meaning in the minute-by-minute reality in which (we) experience ourselves achieving ordinary things." - Dr. Gary Kielhofner
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is created as a body whose duties are to oversee the certification of occupational therapy practitioners.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is enacted. It provides equal rights and opportunities to those with diasabilities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2014 and 2024 there will be a 42.7 percent increase in the number of occupational therapy assistants jobs in the U.S.A.
AOTA adopts a new framework for occupational therapy. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process provides an overview of the practice of the field of occupational therapy.
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