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#DPTStudent Topic for Wednesday, February 5, 2013: Beyond Vision 2020- Can We Transform Society?

Posted Feb 06 2013 12:24am

Since 2000 the APTA has been making strides towards Vision 2020, a vision which outlined goals for the profession of physical therapy to reach by the year 2020. These goals included care that was provided by doctors of physical therapy, direct access to physical therapy by consumers and more.

In 2012 the APTA has created a vision that goes beyond Vision 2020. You can read more about it here . While this new vision includes aspects of advocacy, access and equality, innovation, value, collaberation and other strong points, the controversy lies in the first line of the proposed vision which states that “The physical therapy profession will transform society by optimizing movement for all people of all
ages to improve the human experience.”

Some argue that the words “transform society” is too strong. Others argue that those words are exactly what we need as a profession to get our point across. What do you think? Let’s talk about it!

Here is a great video of Bill McGehee, chair of the APTA Vision Task Force, discussing the updated APTA vision .

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