Tuesday, April 26th 2011
On Tuesday, April 26th MAOT held our annual Lobby Day event at the State House to celebrate OT Month as well as provide an opportunity for OTs and OTAs across the state an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and how it relates to Occupational Therapy.
This year’s Lobby Day was a huge success, not only did we have 10 participants, but we had 3 non-members participate and learn more about MAOT. Our membership is an important part of the mission of MAOT, we want to give back and continue to support Occupational Therapy in Massachusetts.
Our event was sponsored by Representative Ruth Balser and our Lobbyist, Lisa Simonetti, was also present. Rep. Balser and Lisa spoke to the attendees about the importance of lobbying, being involved and networking when it comes to issues which relate to OT. Rep. Balser reviewed the process of a bill becomes law in Massachusetts and how each person’s voice is heard. Lisa reviewed Health Care Reform and the potential impact on OT. At the end of the presentation Rep. Balser presented MAOT with a House Resolution recognizing Occupational Therapy in Massachusetts. MAOT is very proud to receive this Resolution and honored to share it with you, our members.
Thank you for being part of MAOT and making Occupational Therapy a vital part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.