The event was an opportunity for OT professionals from around the state to meet with lawmakers and discuss policy and health care issues related to their field.
The students, led by OT department chair Diane Long, met with small groups of legislators to discuss topics that included reimbursement for early intervention services, assistant licensure in New York, and worker’s compensation coverage for OT assistants.
Lee Henig ’14, M.S. ’15, was on the trip and thought the discussions with legislators were open and productive. “I really felt like they were all honest about what kind of policies they would support or not support,” he said.
The trip was sponsored by the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. The students’ participation was the culmination of their graduate capstone course, in which they explored policies and how the legislative process works through research and Skype interviews with topic experts.
Henig said the trip gave him the opportunity to step out of his comfort zone and promote positive change.
“My experience and studies at IC taught me how to present myself professionally and advocate for occupational therapy,” he said.
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