Beatrice D. Wade, OTR, FAOTA (1903–1994), worked to advance recognition of and services for people with mental illness. In 1943, she successfully petitioned Congress to change eligibility for vocational services from "people with physical disabilities" to "people with disabilities," which allowed people with mental illness to be eligible for vocational and rehabilitation services. Wade also fought to keep occupational therapy education and certification from being taken over by physical medicine in the 1950s. As head of the occupational therapy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she developed the baccalaureate program, combining didactic education with clinical practice, which became known as “The Illinois Plan.” Read Robert Bing’s article discussing Wade. Read an obituary of Beatrice Wade.