The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has received a Power of A Silver Award from ASAE in recognition of the organization’s contribution to society through its Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines, reports a recent news release. The release notes that the award is designated as the second highest industry award intended to honor associations that engage in activities and initiatives that are essential to a stronger nation and world.

Deborah Liberman, MHSA, OTR/L, FAOTA, AOTA’s Evidence-Based program director, explains the origins of the Practice Guidelines, which she says, “were developed as a way to ensure that occupational therapy practitioners and external audiences have access to the best available scientific evidence and recommendations from clinical experts.”

The AOTA adds that its Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines are intended to guide decision-making among health professionals, defining occupational therapy domain and process and interventions that occur within the boundaries of acceptable practice. P. Allen Haney, chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee, reports that the guidelines also demonstrate how associations continue to make meaningful contributions to their communities and society, allowing association professionals and association members nationwide to, “make a tangible difference in the lives of others,” Haney emphasizes.

The release notes that 13 associations in 2012 also received Power of A Silver Awards. For more information about the additional award winners, click here.

For more information about AOTA’s Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines, visit

Source: AOTA