The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Representative Assembly recently approved two complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) motions intended to benefit individuals with disabilities.
The first motion makes the AOTA Commission on Practice responsible for developing a Specialized Knowledge and Skills in Complex Seating and Wheeled Mobility document. This paper will detail the knowledge and skills occupational practitioners need to provide ethical and competent services. The document also is intended to provide information about occupational therapy practitioners’ roles in these specialized areas while offering professional development and supervision guidelines. Entry-level and advanced-level knowledge and skills will also be described in the paper.
The second motion recommends development of a Policy Fact Sheet on Complex Rehabilitation Technology, a document that will guide the AOTA’s advocacy efforts. AOTA’s public affairs staff will use the document to educate occupational therapy practitioners and public policy makers about appropriate access to and funding of CRT.
The Clinician Task Force (CTF), a group of OTs and PTs that specializes in the provision of wheelchair seating and mobility services, reportedly will aid the AOTA’s efforts this summer to develop both documents.