The 83rd Texas legislative session brought to our attention the need for a more organized and unified effort by the O&P profession in Texas on the legislative front. In an effort to facilitate this organized effort, the Texas Chapter formed a Legislative Committee. The committee consists of eight members that each represent a region of our state. This committee design provides an organized way to spread information regarding legislative updates and gathering support, whether that be requests for O&P professionals to contact their legislators or a call to action to be present at the capitol for public hearings.
The Texas Chapter has donated to the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities for several years. "CTD is a 501(c)3 working to ensure that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice. [They] focus on the areas of governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting to fulfill [their] mission. CTD is the largest and oldest member driven cross-disability organization in the state."
CTD represents citizens of Texas that are our patients. They have been supportive of legislative efforts the O&P profession has faced in the past several years, and we look forward to the continued relationship between the Texas Chapter and CTD.
The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.
The Texas Chapter is dedicated to supporting OPERF with a yearly donation.
The Texas Chapter has the unique opportunity to support O&P education in Texas through two universities: UT Southwestern School of Health Professions O&P program and Baylor College of Medicine O&P program. The Texas Chapter provides a textbook each year to every student coming into the program at these schools. We are proud to have two NCOPE accredited programs in our state and look forward to continuing to support O&P students through textbook donations. Currently, The Texas Chapter provides "Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation 3rd Ed".
The Texas Chapter also sponsors the UT Southwestern O&P student research presentation evening every year.
The Texas Chapter strives to provide continuing education to allow its members to meet certification requirements without leaving the state. We plan and host an annual educational meeting to provide professionals in the state an opportunity to receive continuing education credits and connect with colleagues throughout Texas. The annual meeting focuses on maintaining the Chapter's mission to foster and assure the advancement of quality, outcome-oriented, comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic health care services in the State of Texas.