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6/3/11 - T.K. Martin Center professional leads statewide org

An occupational therapist at Mississippi State's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability will serve a two-year term as president of the state's professional organization for occupational therapists.

Dan Allison was elected by members of the Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association to serve as the organization's leader. His term began April 1.

Among his goals as president of MSOTA, Allison will work to increase the organization's membership, raise awareness among policymakers of the importance of occupational therapy, and advocate for people with occupational therapy needs.

The Indiana native has worked as an occupational therapist at the T.K. Martin Center since 2007. Allison specializes in driver rehabilitation, vehicle modification and wheelchair assessment. He has certifications as an ergonomic skilled practitioner, assistive technology professional and certified driver rehabilitation specialist.

Previously, Allison served as the Northeast District Chair for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association. He holds a master's degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in supervision from Purdue University.

At the T.K. Martin Center, Allison works with people with spinal cord injuries, amputated limbs and other traumatic injuries to evaluate whether they can operate automobiles. For those who can operate vehicles but need some type of assistance, he helps them select adaptive equipment and provides training.

Established in 1976, MSOTA focuses on the advancement of occupational therapy to enhance the health of the public in its medical, community, and educational environments through research, education, action, service, and establishment and reinforcement of standards.

The T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability aims to ensure that persons with disabilities benefit from technological solutions and advances in the field of assistive technology. The center maintains a state-of-the-art clinical, research and training program focusing on modern technologies.

For more information, contact Allison at 662-325-1028 or

ROBBIE S. WARD | University Relations

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