Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

AOTA Annual conference and Expo, March 26-29, 2020

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport district downtown

Dear Massachusetts Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants,

The AOTA Annual conference and Expo will be held March 26-29, 2020 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport district downtown.  Pre-conference institutes will be held on Wednesday, March 25th.

Since Boston is such an exciting and accessible location, we expect a large number of attendees which will require an extensive group of volunteers to ensure that all events and sessions run smoothly.

We are currently recruiting volunteer applicants for chairperson positions for the local conference committee (LCC). Deb Slater has been appointed as the LCC Chairperson and will work with an LCC composed of the following positions (total of 5 committee chairs):

·         LCC Accessibility Services Chair (1 position)

·         LCC Hospitality Chair   (1 position)

·         LCC People Power Co-Chairs (3 positions)

Job descriptions for each chair position are attached to this notice.  Please note that all individuals serving in a leadership capacity of the Local Conference Committee must be current members of AOTA.  All other volunteers must also be members of AOTA

If you are interested in applying for a committee chair position, please open the attached application, save it to your desktop, complete it and submit it with a CV of no more than 1 page which highlights key leadership, work and volunteer experience.  Preference will be given to MAOT members with the strongest qualifications for the specific requirements of the chair position for which he/she is applying.  

All application materials are due by   5 pm EST on FEBRUARY 8, 2019 AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO:

Candidates will be notified by the week of February 18th.

Questions?  Contact

We will be soliciting for several hundred volunteers to work during Annual Conference so watch for additional information in the coming year.  This is a great opportunity to host our colleagues and welcome them to our beautiful city!

2020 LCC Committee Descriptions for Application.doc



Karen J. Hefler, OT, OTR                                      Deborah Yarett Slater, OT, MS, FAOTA

MAOT President                                                   Local Conference Committee Chair

                                                                             2020 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo


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New ACOTE Accreditation Standards Adopted

After an extensive 2 ½-year process, multiple surveys to the communities of interest, and several open hearings, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has adopted new accreditation standards for doctoral-degree-level occupational therapy programs, master’s-degree-level occupational therapy programs, baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs, and associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs. The new Standards are available on the ACOTE accreditation section of the AOTA Web site ( Programs will be required to comply with the new 2018 Standards by July 31, 2020.

In addition, ACOTE voted to allow early implementation of two doctoral-level Standards as programs would like to develop their curricula to reflect the new Standards to better address the needs of their faculty and students and for strategic planning purposes. Specifically,

  1. Allow programs to waive the requirement in 2011 Standard A.3.2 for program applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree or higher prior to admission to the program.
  2. Allow OTD programs to have a 14-week Capstone Experience (2018 Standard D.1.3) versus a 16-week Capstone Experience (2011 Standard C.2.3).

ACOTE will host information sessions on the new Standards at the October 2018 Academic Leadership Council (ALC) meeting in Louisville, Kentucky and at the April 2019 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo in New Orleans. In the spring and fall of 2019, ACOTE will provide regional workshops for interested faculty. The workshops will focus on the changes in the new Standards and strategies that programs could use to ensure compliance.

Update on Entry-Level Education

At the August 2018 meeting, ACOTE took the following actions:


Lift the abeyance on the OTA mandate decision and rescind the mandate for a single point of entry for the occupational therapy assistant at the baccalaureate degree level.


Reaffirm the decision from August 2017 to require a single point of entry for the occupational therapist at the doctoral level.

ACOTE has acted in the best interests of all parties with the decision for a single point of entry for the occupational therapist and the dual point of entry for the occupational therapy assistant. ACOTE will continue to support educational programs to meet the growing needs of society and fulfill its potential in the 21st century. We look forward to working with educational programs to ensure quality occupational therapy education by supporting the preparation of competent occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. ACOTE will notify our stakeholders as these decisions impact their work and transition processes.

Any questions should be e-mailed to

Click here to see the FAQs from AOTA's Board of Directors on the OT and OTA Mandates

Click here for information for AOTA Members 

Fieldwork Position Statement from MAOT.

Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy Services in Massachusetts Public Schools 

Click here  to read MAOT Guidelines

Questions please email

Special thanks to our sponsors. Our programs wouldn't be possible without them.

MAOT - Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc.
57 Madison Road, Waltham, MA  02453 - Phone: 781.647.5556 - Email:

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