05/09/2007

Oxford Resident Prompts Governor's Proclamation

Housatonic Community College Student Carole Osborn of Oxford (right) and HCC Professor and Occupational Therapy Assistant Club Advisor Janice Conway display Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proclamation designating April as Occupational Therapy Month. Ms. Osborn wrote the proclamation.

OXFORD - Thanks to the efforts of Carole Osborn, a resident and student at Housatonic Community College, April was official Occupational Therapy Month in Connecticut.

It was in response to a request by Ms. Osborn, an occupational therapy assistant major, that Governor M. Jodi Rell issued an official proclamation to that effect.

Ms. Osborn had noted that the American Occupational Therapy Association had designated April as Occupational Therapy Month and thought it would be a good idea to do something in Connecticut.

Visiting some websites, she got the idea of writing a proclamation. A form on the Governor's website fit the bill perfectly.

After filling out the form, she waited for someone to contact her. Two weeks later a response came in the mail.

To her surprise, the proclamation was accepted verbatim.

It reads as follows: "Whereas the American Occupational Therapy Association has declared the month of April 2007 to be known as Occupational Therapy Month; and Whereas the profession of occupational therapy makes valuable contributions in helping people master the skills for the job of living after an illness or injury; and Whereas the services of occupational therapy are available to citizens of Connecticut through hospitals, home health agencies, schools, clinics and nursing homes, and Whereas the health and productivity of our citizens depend upon the effective use of health care resources, including the important services of occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistants, Now therefore I, M. Jodi Rell, Governor of the State of Connecticut , do hereby officially proclaim the month of April, 2007, as Occupational Therapy Month in the State of Connecticut and call upon all citizens to recognize the achievements and contributions of these valuable professionals."