Project TIPP Autism Conference-3rd Annual

USA’s Project TIPP: Team-based Interprofessional Personnel Preparation and USA’s Regional Autism Network are co-sponsoring a one-day workshop.

When: June 8, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:15 pm 

Where: USA Student Center Ballroom 

What: Regional experts from multiple perspectives will present evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals with autism 

Who: All persons serving people with autism can benefit from attending- EARN up to 6.5 continuing education hours 



For a complete schedule or to register, please see the Conference Brochure.


2018 Spring Conference









Sponsored by Champion Partners in Rehab and TMC Therapy Management Corporation

Registration is now open for the 2018 ALOTA Spring Conference. Your opportunity for quality continuing education at an affordable price. Centrally located on the campus of Alabama State University, this conference offers a wide variety of topics meaning there is something for everyone. You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to earn 8 CEUs!

When: Saturday February 24, 2018
Where: Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL


Cost: Only $70 for ALOTA members, $25 for ALOTA student members

Not an ALOTA member? You are still welcome to come! Please see rates below and consider becoming an ALOTA member for discounted rates to all events.

Spring Conference Brochure

Full Conference Agenda  

Speaker Biographies


Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be open at 7am on the day of the Conference. We are happy to accept payment in the form of cash, check, or debit/credit card.

Having trouble? Contact Jason Vice at for assistance.


Fun Fact – Alabama State University is celebrating 150 years! Learn more about ASU by visiting



Alabama State University

Buskey Building

1155 University Drive N.

Montgomery, AL 36104


Parking is available in the lot located behind the Buskey Building or in the grass lot directly across.


ALOTA South District CEU Opportunity January 23, 2018

FREE CEU Course!

For OTs and OTAs


When:       Thursday, January 23, 2018



Where:      Health Sciences Building – 2nd floor

                   5721 USA Drive North

                   Mobile, AL  36688


Agenda:  “AARP HomeFit: Smart Solutions for

                  Making Your Home Comfortable, Safe, 

                  and a Great Fit” 

Presented by Dorothy Dorton, Associate State Director, AARP Community Outreach


Come and be a part of making a difference!


***1.5 CEUs can be earned for the presentation***


Click here for a printable flyer jan-2018-meeting-flyer


UAB Post-Professional OTD


UAB is happy to announce a new program, a completely online postprofessional clinical doctorate open to those with a BS or MS occupational therapy degree, as well as to COTAs who also have a bachelor’s degree.  There are 2 tracks – one a specialty in low vision, and the other a general track.  Please see the website for further information – or contact Laura Vogtle, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA at or 205-934-7326.

  • Applications open January 2018
  • First cohort enrolls Fall 2018
Sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Centennial Hill Day Update

AOTA Centennial Hill Day – Update

picture3AOTA Centennial Hill Day was a great success both nationally and at the Alabama state level.   I (Rachel) had the honor of representing ALOTA at AOTA’s Hill Day as your ALOTA government affairs representative.  If you aren’t familiar with Hill Day, it is an organized effort by AOTA to have a day on Capitol Hill where as many House Representatives and Senators offices as possible meet with OTs as we explain the distinct value of OT in our states as well as bring up key issues that are pertinent in the coming congressional sessions.   AOTA really pulled out all the stops to make this centennial year amazing.   We had over 600 OTs, OTAs, and students present from 45 states.  Even Alaska had 2 representatives there!   There was also the option of participating in Virtual Hill day where OTs, OTAs, and students were encouraged to call and email their representatives.





Alabama had 3 people present this year: myself as your ALOTA representative, Deek Cunningham our AOTA RA representative, and Veronica Juan a current masters level OT student at UAB.  We met with legislative assistants with the following offices:

  • Representative Gary Palmer’s (House Representative for the 6th district)
  • Representative Terri Sewell (House Representative for the 7th district)
  • Senator Richard Shelby (State Senator)




We asked our representatives to support:

  • The Home Health Flexibility Act. Currently, OTs cannot open a home health care case.  This is inefficient for home health care teams, increases unnecessary healthcare costs, and delays clients from receiving OT.  This would allow OTs to open a home health case, helping more clients return home safely and get the care they need.
  • Repeal the therapy Medicare part B cap, a piece of legislation that has haunted us in the therapy world for over 20 years, and threatens to leave those with the most debilitating and significant levels of injury without the therapy they need to live their lives with independence and dignity.
  • Funding for Title VII and Title VII which provides grants and programs for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET).  These programs are designed to address workforce shortages, including in the area of OT, specifically for veterans, seniors, children and families on low incomes, and rural communities.



We had great meetings and feedback with all three legislative assistants and offices that we met with.   I’d like to personally give Senator Shelby’s office a shout out for sharing some bottled water with us on an especially hot day in D.C.  But, in all seriousness, it was an honor to meet with each office and I was incredibly encouraged by their willingness to consider these issues.  I’ve been in contact with all the offices since leaving and am working to build relationships with the people we met with so that OT stays on their mind.

All in all, I think it was a successful trip and I was honored to share the distinct value of OT and how we benefit the people of Alabama with our elected officials.  Advocacy is important, it’s crucial to our profession and to the clients we serve.  It was an honor to represent ALOTA at Hill Day.


Rachel Ashcraft
ALOTA Government Affairs

Fall Conference Recap

Fall Conference Recap

2017 ALOTA Fall Conference



Thank you to all of the presenters, practitioners, students and exhibitors who joined us for for the 2017 ALOTA Fall Conference on September 22 – 24, 2017 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Orange Beach, AL. 

This year’s event was a great success! We had a great lineup of presenters, great weather, and great group of OTs to share the experience with. Members who were unable to attend, we are sorry that you could not make it. Be sure to mark your calendars for our 2018 Spring Conference, being held at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL on February 24, 2018. Lineup to be announced soon! If you are not a member and would like to join ALOTA, please follow the link to JOIN!

Full Conference Agenda

Conference Objectives

Speaker Biographies

Speaker Presentations

  • Keinee Austin   Facilitating Leadership Practices: Empowering and Inspiring OTs to Perform
  • Catie Etka   The Lyme Maze: Navigating the Road from Diagnosis to Recovery
  • Brandon Seigel  Next Gen OTs: Strategies for Crushing Your Career Goals
  • Branson Seigel  Optimizing Early Intervention Outcomes Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Jason Vice   Safe Driving for Individuals with Low Vision and Brain Injury
  • Chuck Willmarth   Health Care Reform Implementation and State Policy






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Career Opportunity – Pediatric OT Montgomery, AL


Easter Seals Central Alabama has an opening for a full-time Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Easter Seals Central Alabama (ESCA), located in Montgomery, is looking for a qualified Pediatric Occupational Therapist to meet the needs of the children we serve.

Job Duties Include: 

  • Facilitates development and rehabilitation of patients with mental, emotional and physical disabilities by planning and administering medically prescribed occupational therapy.
  • Knowledge of the regulations and practice standards of Pediatric Occupational Therapy.
  • Knowledge of direct patient care of Occupational Therapy to pediatric patients
  • Knowledge of rehabilitative treatment techniques as utilized by the generalist in treating multiple age groups.
  • Knowledge of equipment and instruments used in daily activities.
  • Skill in treating Pediatric Occupational Therapy patients
  • Skill in using applicable equipment and instruments
  • Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands
  • Skill in critical thinking in the performance of Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Skills in maintaining good working relationships with community resources, referral sources, agencies and colleagues (PT and SLP).
  • Bilingual communication skills a plus.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A cleared/clean Alabama Occupational Therapy License
  • Approximately one (1) year of experience working exclusively with the pediatric population.
  • Participation in continuing education in pediatric therapy subjects as required by the Occupational Therapy governing authority.

To apply: 

Please submit your information to Easter Seals Central Alabama’s Executive Director, Debbie Lynn, at 2125 East South Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36116, or via email at

To learn more about ESCA, visit our website at

 Easter Seals Central Alabama is an equal opportunity employer. 

OTA Student Scholarship

Student Scholarship Nominations

Submissions for OTA Student Scholarships is open.

Winners will be announced at the ALOTA Spring Conference in Montgomery, AL on February 24, 2018.

2018 Scholarship Application Form click here alota-student-scholarship


  • Is this scholarship open to all students? Nominations for the spring submission are only accepted for OTA students. However, an additional scholarship opportunity is held prior to Fall Conference for OT students only. *Membership in the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association is required for consideration.
  • Must I be present to win? No. All submissions will be considered based upon merit. Winners will be announced at Spring Conference, but attendance is not required for consideration. However, ALOTA always encourages students to attend and offers a considerable student discount for members.
  • Does the scholarship only pay toward tuition? No, the scholarship is in the form of a check, which can be used to pay for textbooks, supplies, membership dues, etc.


Senate Healthcare Bill Threatens Medicaid

The following is a statement from the American Occupational Therapy Association. While ALOTA works to support access to essential healthcare and occupational therapy services, it is your voice that is needed to protect healthcare services in the State of Alabama. 

Contact Senators Shelby and Strange today!

Heather Parsons

On Thursday June 22, the United States Senate released a discussion draft of their health care reform bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). While much of the healthcare reform discussion has been about fixing or repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), the major provisions of the bill released yesterday relate to Medicaid. After careful analysis, AOTA is deeply concerned that BCRA would undermine the Medicaid program and put the millions of children and adults with serious disabilities, students receiving special education support services, people receiving home and community based services, individuals with mental health needs, those in nursing homes, and many others at grave risk of reduced or lost benefits.

BCRA would change Medicaid from a system where the federal government “matches” payments for all medically necessary services a state chooses to provide to beneficiaries, to one that provides states with a capped amount of money to spend for all beneficiaries. This will require hard choices by the states and inevitable cuts to Medicaid programs and services. Over time, the Federal government will pay less and less for Medicaid services and State Medicaid programs will have to make up the difference, or diminish services. As states are faced with difficult financial decisions they will have to reduce benefits such as rehabilitation benefits for adults and home and community based services, reduce reimbursement to providers, or find ways decrease or slow Medicaid enrollment. States may eventually be pressured to reduce services to children from the current broad mandate of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment services (EPSDT) which protects all children on Medicaid.

From early intervention and schools, to skilled nursing facilities, to community mental health programs these proposed changes will negatively affect occupational therapy practitioners and the people who are in need of our services. We urge you to call your Senate offices today (yes, even on the weekend!) and ask that they reject these dramatic changes to Medicaid.

AOTA’s legislative action center will walk you through the steps. You can call or write, but you need to take action before next week’s vote.

Please check back next week for AOTA’s analysis of the Senate bill.  Until then we recommend this detailed analysis by the experts at the non-partisan Health Affairs Blog.