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Think there's nothing special about history of the physical therapy profession? We've got 100 reasons you should think again.

Now available: "100 Milestones of Physical Therapy," a web-based, multimedia journey through the past 99 years of the profession, beginning with APTA's founding in the wake of World War I through the celebration of the association's centennial, coming in 2021. The timeline touches on not just the history of the profession and the association, but the ways in which the profession affected the broader U.S. health care system — events such as the enactment of Medicare legislation in 1965, the signing of Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the elimination of the hard cap on therapy services under Medicare in 2018, and more.

The layout of the milestones page makes for easy browsing, allowing visitors to dive more deeply into any of the achievements listed, and to select a specific year from a running index. The new resource includes fascinating photos from historical moments, and features audio and video of some of the profession's greats, including Florence Kendall, Helen Hislop, and Charles Magistro.

"Putting these milestones together was a labor of love, and a moving reminder of how passion and dedication are an inherent part of the therapy profession," said Emilio J. Rouco, MA, APTA's director of public and media relations who headed up the project. "APTA has an amazing story to tell, and one that should make members proud."

The milestones listing is the latest addition to APTA's website celebrating the association's upcoming centennial. In addition to getting in touch with the profession's history, visitors to the site can also stay up to date with the latest plans for celebrations and other special events in 2021 and find out how to participate in centennial related service activities.


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