In Memoriam: Claudia K. Allen

photograph of Claudia Allen with floral print dress in front of foliageClaudia Allen, MA, OTR, FAOTA who influenced generations of OT practitioners, students and educators around the world passed away on February 25, 2019. Her contributions to our profession and the field of rehabilitation are countless as she informed the practice of Occupational Therapy with persons with cognitive challenges and offered us many tools to provide client-centered care.

Rightfully, Claudia was named one of the 100 most influential people in our profession by AOTA for developing the Cognitive Disabilities Model, with its assessment tools and caregiver strategies that promote best ability to function for clients with cognitive impairments.

I had the privilege to attend many of her trainings and seminars throughout my career and now despite the sad news of her passing, I feel gratitude and humbleness to have learned directly from such an important person in our profession.

Thank you once again, Claudia Allen.

Carmen Aguirre, OTR/L
Board Chair of Professional Development Chair