Beyond Vision 2020

Vision 2020 has served as APTA's official vision statement for the future of physical therapy since it was adopted by the APTA House of Delegates (House) in 2000.

Although 2020 is still several years in the future, the 2011 House adopted a motion prompting the APTA to take steps to look beyond Vision 2020 and reflect the physical therapy profession’s commitment to society.

In 2012, APTA's Board of Directors, the Vision Task Force, and the House of Delegates each participated in visioning sessions designed to look beyond the current vision and clearly articulate the profession's commitment to society. An environmental scan survey of APTA members followed, along with focus groups and interviews with thought leaders.

Using data generated by those exercises, the Vision Task Force drafted a new vision for the Board to review at its November 2012 meeting. The new vision captures the vital importance of movement to quality of life for all people, and illustrates how the physical therapy profession serves society. Accompanying the new vision is a second document that elucidates the elements that support the new vision. The proposed vision is now being forwarded to the 2013 House of Delegates for consideration. Below is a set of materials providing background and framing for the new proposed vision.

Members who wish to provide input to the delegates about the new vision should do so directly with the delegates in your chapter.

About the Proposed Vision

Video: Beyond Vision 2020 Open Forum at CSM 2013 

Overview Briefing From the Vision Task Force (.pdf) - 12/20/12 APTA.org Members Only Icon 

Motion Adopted by 2011 House of Delegates (.pdf) APTA.org Members Only Icon 

Design Principles and Future Images APTA.org Members Only Icon 

Proposed Vision and Vision Elements (.pdf) APTA.org Members Only Icon 

Presentation for Board of Directors Meeting: November 30, 2012 (.pdf) APTA.org Members Only Icon 

Vision Task Force Strategic Issues and Opportunities Report (.pdf) APTA.org Members Only Icon 

Vision Task Force

William McGehee, PT, MHS, Chair, Board of Directors (IL)
Patricia Brick, PT, MS, GCS (NJ)
E. Scott Euype, PT, DPT, OCS (OH)
Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD (FL)
Pauline Flesch, PT, MPS (IN)
Charles Gulas, PT, PhD, GCS (MO)
Colleen Kigin, PT, DPT, MS, MPA, FAPTA (MA)
Tasha MacIlveen, PT, DPT, CSCS (OR)
Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD (SC)

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