What does the AOTA Representative Assembly do?

The Representative Assembly (RA) is the professional policy-making body of the Association – the “Congress” of the AOTA. And YOU (members of the RA) are the link – to getting your constituents to act on professional issues and concerns. The functions of the RA include being responsible for policies affecting the direction of the profession; this includes:

  • Formulating, debating, and voting on motions
  • Charging RA officials, RA bodies, officers of the Association, or the Board of Directors to fulfill approved motions
  • Establishing and charging ad hoc committees
  • Electing RA officials and standing committee chairs

Your voice to the RA.

Utah’s AOTA Representative: Meena Iyer, PhD, OTR/L

Email her at  [email protected]

What is the role of the AOTA Representative?

  • To communicate with members in their election area and serve as the liaison between members and the Assembly/Association.
  • To participate in meetings and other forums (https://www.aota.org/community/volunteer-groups/representative-assembly-ra)
  • To assist constituents with influencing policies (develop/write motions)
  • To encourage Association membership
  • To work collaboratively to ensure transition of new reps (recruitment, election, orientation, and mentoring)

NOTE: The Representative’s focus is on making decisions for the good of the profession and the Association – not just individual members or election areas


Where can I find more information?


2024 Updates

AOTA Representative Assembly Update

The American Occupational Therapy Association's Representative Assembly (RA) is responsible for the development and approval of professional policies and standards. If you would like to request the RA to act on policy regarding your practice area, please submit a request for action by January 10 (to submit a Request for Action visit https://www.aota.org/community/volunteer-groups/representative-assembly-ra).

The RA meets at least twice a year and is always open for members to observe its proceedings unless it is in executive session. The spring, summer and fall meetings occur online.  This year’s online spring meeting is on April 18.

Representative Assembly Fall 2023 meeting summary can be accessed at:


(PDF Summary)

The Spring 2024 Representative Assembly schedule is as follows: