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  • APTA Attends RNC; Gears Up for DNC

    APTA attended the Republican Nation Convention (RNC) this week in Tampa, Florida. Next week, the association heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). 

    The conventions provide an opportunity for APTA to represent the interests of the physical therapy profession through meetings with key congressional leaders from both parties and participation in various briefings and events. This week at the RNC, APTA had a presence at key health care policy briefings and interacted with several members of Congress who serve on committees important to APTA’s public policy priorities. APTA has had a long-standing presence at both conventions.  

    In a convention highlight on Wednesday, Ann Romney spoke about her experiences with physical therapy. See related article titled "Ann Romney Expresses Support for Physical Therapy."  

    You can follow APTA at the RNC and DNC on Twitter.

    Ann Romney Expresses Support for Physical Therapy

    At a ribbon cutting ceremony for a therapeutic playground at All Children's Hospital, in St Petersburg, Florida, Ann Romney spoke about how physical therapy helped her after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis at age 49. At that time, Romney had lost the use of her right side.    

    The ceremony followed her appearance Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Help Celebrate Extraordinary PTs and PTAs

    Do you know an extraordinary physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) who deserves recognition for outstanding personal and professional achievement? By nominating the person or people you feel are most deserving of an APTA Honor or Award for 2013, you can help APTA celebrate their many contributions to the physical therapy profession. 

    APTA now is accepting Honors and Awards nominations. Your participation in the nominating process is extremely important. It's quick, easy—and in keeping with APTA's green initiative, all APTA national Honors and Awards applications are available for electronic submission.    

    Go to www.apta.org/honorsawards and submit your nominations online. All submissions must be received by December 1.  

    E-mail questions to honorsandawards@apta.org or call 800/999-2782, ext 3233, for more information.