Rehabilitation Services Information Center
Accessible Space, Inc.
"The mission of Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI) is to provide accessible, affordable, independent and supportive living opportunities for persons with physical disabilities and brain injuries, as well as seniors. This mission is accomplished through the development and cost-effective operation of cooperatively managed housing, supportive living, and rehabilitation services." ASI serves people in Minnesota, Nevada, Tennessee and other States.
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American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
"The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology."
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Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, Inc.
The Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, Inc. (ATRI) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the professional development of healthcare professionals involved with aquatic therapy. ATRI offers continuing education courses at conferences and workshops to advance the knowledge and skills of the aquatic therapist. It also provides information to the public on aquatic therapy topics and works with organizations whose members are healthcare professionals to serve them in the area of aquatic therapy. ATRI offers professionals the education necessary to become certified through ICATRIC (International Council for Aquatic Therapy & Rehabilitation Industry Certification). [More Information on Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, Inc.]
Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
"The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists was established in 1977 to support professionals working in the field of driver education / driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination. ADED, a nonprofit association, is the primary professional organization in this specialized area, and stands ready to meet the professional needs of its members through educational conferences and research support as well as encouraging equipment development to maximize the transportation options for persons with disabilities." [More Information on Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists]
Better Living Through Technology
"Better Living Through Technology is a web site that aims to promote the use of technology to help people with disabilities. The information is written with special educational needs in mind, but the information can be useful for helping older people too. This site is targeted towards professionals working with pupils and students with special educational needs. It is mostly aimed at teachers, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, assistive technology assessors, and parents. Better Living Through Technology is entirely independent of any commercial company and can therefore offer unbiased advice on the specialist software and hardware available. The author is an experienced disability consultant, assessor and trainer named Charlie Danger who lives in South London." [More Information on Better Living Through Technology]
Blind Corps consists of an all-volunteer group of professionals in the field of work with the blind. It was formed in November of 2005 with the purpose of addressing the rehabilitation needs of blind people in developing nations by sharing the knowledge and experience of American rehabilitation professionals with individuals in developing nations who are interested in the advancement of the blind in those countries, including the blind themselves, rehabilitation workers, support organizations of the blind, government agencies, and the friends and families of the blind. The goal is to bring the blind to the point of economic, social and political equality by providing educational and technical support. The first Blind Corps project is in Turkey, where the Fiziksel Engelliler Vakfi (Physical Disabilities Foundation), in partnership with the Municipal Government of Istanbul, has invited Blind Corps volunteer rehabilitation consultants to present a program of intensive training services. The Turkish Republic is funding the expenses of seven volunteer trainers for this mission. Blind Corps is a non-profit corporation, 501c3 status pending. [More Information on Blind Corps]
Children's Specialized Hospital
Children's Specialized Hospital is one of the largest pediatric healthcare rehabilitation systems in the United States and is among the preeminent providers of rehabilitation for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children's Specialized has eight sites in New Jersey and treats over 17,500 children with special needs each year. [More Information on Children's Specialized Hospital]
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation
"The Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation is one of only a handful of accredited, freestanding pediatric rehabilitation hospitals in the country. We serve infants and children through age 18 with complex chronic illnesses and disabilities." The hospital provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services, and it has a Center for Autism. [More Information on Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation]
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has offered programs that enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to obtain and maintain independence at home, school, work, and in the community. CLB's programs and services include early intervention services, training and consultation in assistive technology, career placement services, comprehensive low vision care and a wide range of rehabilitation services. [More Information on Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind]
Devereux Centerse are located in 13 states and offer a variety of services for children, adults and seniors with special needs, including mental retardation, developmental, and emotional/psychiatric disorders. [More Information on Devereux Center]
FST - Fondation Suisse pour les Teletheses
The Fondation Suisse pour les Teletheses (FST) is a Swiss organization that designs products to meet the needs of individuals with communication or severe physical disabilities. Products developed by FST include B.A. Bar, a talking bar code reader that functions as a communication aid, and a telephone designed for use by individuals with severe disabilities. Web site in French and German. [More Information on FST - Fondation Suisse pour les Teletheses]
Helen Keller International
HKI is an international nonprofit organization devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness worldwide. With offices in New York, Africa and Asia, it helps millions of people in 80 countries preserve their sight. HKI also restores sight to blind people when possible, and works with the irreversibly blind people to support their efforts to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Through its Childsight program, HKI provides eyeglasses and other services to children with vision impairments. [More Information on Helen Keller International]
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is a national rehabilitation program serving youth and adults who are deaf-blind. The Center operates a residential and training facility at its headquarters in Sands Point, Long Island, New York. Support services for youth and adults who are deaf-blind, their families and the professionals who serve them are provided throughout the United States through a system of regional offices. [More Information on Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults]
Kennedy Krieger Institute
"Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research, and professional training." [More Information on Kennedy Krieger Institute ]
Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled
The Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled (KEAD) is a government-funded agency that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities in South Korea. It also provides support services to companies that employ people with disabilities, works at the national and regional level to improve employment policy and services for people with disabilities, and provides assistive products for use by people with disabilities in the workplace. [More Information on Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled]
Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International is a volunteer organization with 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. Worldwide, Lions Clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention. Clubs provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille writers, large print texts, white canes, and guide dogs for thousands of people each year. The Lions SightFirst Program has restored sight to 7 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss for 20 million people, and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions. The Lions Clubs International web site includes a locator for finding local clubs. [More Information on Lions Clubs International]
Lions World Services for the Blind
Lions World Services for the Blind is a training and rehabilitation center for people who are blind or visually impaired. Services include psycho-social counseling, training in independent living skills, personal adjustment training, and vocational evaluation and training. Training for independent living includes such skills as Braille, typing, oral communications, clothing care, cooking, grooming, housekeeping, independent travel through the use of a long cane, orientation to the environment, and use of transportation systems. Personal adjustment training includes the development of self-confidence in areas of social skills, physical conditioning and recreation. The center currently offers 13 vocational programs, which include three courses that teach trainees to work for the Internal Revenue Service. The three IRS courses are Contact Collection Representative, Service Center Collection Representative, and Taxpayer Service Representative. The other vocational programs are Assistive Technology Instructor, Bicycle Assembly and Repair, Enterprise Solutions Programming, Clerical Skills, Customer Service, Horticulture, Microsoft Computer Systems Engineer, Small Business Management, Small Engine Repair and Word Processing. [More Information on Lions World Services for the Blind]
Lutheran Services in America - Disability Network
Lutheran Services in America - Disability Network is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations serving the needs of people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The Network's 13 members provide rehabilitation services, work programs, residential services, and respite care. [More Information on Lutheran Services in America - Disability Network ]
Mary Mwaniki Foundation
The Foundation is registered in Kenya as a charity with a mission to empower the persons with spinal cord injuries through psychosocial approaches, training, networking, adaptive equipment distribution, individual and peer support groups therapy leading to a holistic transformation in order enhance their social-economic and psychosocial productivity and self-eeficacy.
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MossRehab is a hospital in the Philadelphia area offers comprehensive care to people with a broad range of conditions--including stroke, brain injury, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal disabilities, spinal cord dysfunction, pulmonary disorders, amputations, and other forms of disability. The site also offers a wide variety of other information on disability-related subjects including the ADA and accessible travel. [More Information on MossRehab Hospital]
Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation
The Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation is a national organization that provides adaptive equipment, clinic services, advocacy, and resources to children, adults, and family members effected by more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. Staff members are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days a year.
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National Rehabilitation Association
The NRA's mission is to provide advocacy, awareness and career advancement for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation. Its members include rehab counselors, physical, speech and occupational therapists, job trainers, consultants, independent living instructors and other professionals involved in the advocacy of programs and services for people with disabilities. [More Information on National Rehabilitation Association]
National Telerehabilitation Service System
The National Telerehabilitation Service System is an initiative to capitalize upon the extremely successful results of a collaborative proof-of-concept telerehabilitation research study carried out by the Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) at Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, with the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGA), Johnstown, PA. The convergence of telecommunications and computing technologies has provided the opportunity to develop new, innovative, and cost-effective strategies to support, promote, improve, and advance services for persons with disabilities. [More Information on National Telerehabilitation Service System]
Norman Rehabilitation and Medical Center (Firma Norman)
The Norman Rehabilitation and Medical Center
provides individualized physical therapy programs for children and adults based on techniques such as NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment), PNF(Propioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation). The center also provides manual physical and Speech therapy along with the innovative device called 'SPIDER.' [More Information on Norman Rehabilitation and Medical Center (Firma Norman)]
REACH, Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies - Michigan State University
The REACH site offers online learning opportunities for rehabilitation service providers. [More Information on REACH, Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies - Michigan State University]
Rehab Management is a pragmatic clinical and management magazine that features recent advances in the rehabilitation marketplace along with news and current issues in the rehab industry. Published ten times a year Rehab Management features an annual buyer's guide as well as an international issue. [More Information on Rehab Management]
Rehabilitation International is a federation of national and international organizations and agencies working for the prevention of disability, the rehabilitation of people with disabilities and the equalization of opportunities within society on behalf of persons with disabilities and their families throughout the world. [More Information on Rehabilitation International]
Vision Australia is a national agency for Australians who are blind or have low vision. It was formed in 2004 following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS). Other agencies that have merged include the Royal Blind Foundation Queensland; Hear a Book, a Tasmanian producer of audio books; and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Services include assistive technology evaluation, employment advice and training, independent living services, library and information services, recreation and sports programs, and Vision Australia Radio. Vision Australia produces an Adaptive Technology Guide, an Equipment Solutions Catalogue, audio books, and other books and publications. Vision Australia's Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team has developed freeware products such as the Web Accessibility Toolbar. [More Information on Vision Australia]
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Rehabilitation: Charting the Future
April 21, 2005 to
April 22, 2005
Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
The purpose of this conference is to provide NRA members and colleagues the opportunity to participate in informational and skills building seminars; network with other professionals; and attend an innovative exhibition of the latest product developments in vocational rehabilitation, independent living and assistive technology. [More Information on Rehabilitation: Charting the Future]
Vision 2005 London
April 4, 2005 to
April 8, 2005
London, United Kingdom
Vision 2005 London will take place April 4-8 2005 in London, UK. The conference, one of the largest on issues concerning people with sight problems, is sponsored by the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation and hosted by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). [More Information on Vision 2005 London]
International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2004 World Congress
August 1, 2004 to
August 6, 2004
Hong Kong, China
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics will hold its 11th World Congress in Hong Kong, China on August 1-6, 2004. The theme for the conference is "Innovations for Quality Living." [More Information on International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2004 World Congress]
Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)
March 24, 2004 to
March 27, 2004
Banff, Alberta, Canada
The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) is hosting their 2004 Annual Meeting from March 24-27 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Participants, including physicians, prosthetists, orthotists, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, will hear from experts presenting case lectures, research papers, creative solutions, management problems, and prosthetic and orthotic needs. [More Information on Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)]
Questionnaire on Inter-disciplinary Work in the Area of Assistive Technology
Apr 03, 2003
Marion Hersh and Gloria Moss are conducting a pilot study on the extent to which inter-disciplinary research in the fields of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. Marion is a lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She works on assistive technology for deaf, blind and deafblind people, as well as issues relating to technology and ethics. Gloria is a free-lance researcher, based in London, England.
There is some evidence that the nature of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering encourage interdisciplinary work. They are therefore using this questionnaire to investigate the extent to which interdisciplinary work does in fact take place in these fields, any barriers and good practice.
This questionnaire is both confidential and anonymous. All data will be kept securely and only statistical data will be published. They would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes answering the questionnaire. It should not take more than 20 minutes. Unfortunately they cannot offer a reward Â just the knowledge that you will be contributing to better understanding of the research process in assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering and the development of good practice.
They hope to present the preliminary results of this work at the AAATE Conference in Dublin and would therefore be particularly grateful for speedy replies as the deadline for paper submission is 18 April 2003. However, they hope to produce a longer version of this paper for journal publication and will therefore also welcome later replies. [More Information on Questionnaire on Inter-disciplinary Work in the Area of Assistive Technology]
NIDRR Director Katherine D. Seelman Receives Award from American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jul 07, 2000
Katherine D. Seelman will be awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), http://www.aapmr.org/. Dr. Seelman's award will be presented during the 33rd Walter J. Zeiter Luncheon and Lecture on Friday, November 3. The award ceremony occurs during the 62nd American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, November 2-5 2000 in San Francisco.
The AAPM&R established the Distinguished Public Service Award in 1981. The award honors individuals who have made significant public service contributions to the development of educational, research and service activities that concern physical medicine and rehabilitation. These contributions directly impact and benefit disabled citizens.
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye from Hawaii will also receive an award from AAPM&R at the luncheon. Dr. Seelman joins a distinguished group of former AAPM&R awardees including: U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy; Marcus J. Fuhrer, Ph.D.; U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen; Jerry Lewis; and Richard S. Materson, MD. [More Information on NIDRR Director Katherine D. Seelman Receives Award from American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation]
Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE)
Jan 10, 2000
The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) is in the process of developing a free international research database that will be operational by May 2000. Users will be able to locate research in their field by country through the CIRRIE website (http://cirrie.buffalo.edu). This database will provide valuable assistance to U.S. rehabilitation research conference organizers, funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), who are trying to establish an international component within domestic conferences by involving eminent colleagues from other countries. Similarly, CIRRIE will assist research organizations in other countries to sponsor rehabilitation experts from the U.S. to speak at their conferences. In both cases, CIRRIE will provide airfare, while the hosting institution will be responsible for meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. CIRRIE also supports the use of tele-conferencing to enable researchers in the U.S. to present at conferences in other conferences, and vice versa. CIRRIE support is available for visits related to planning, conducting, or preparing research, lecturing, providing technical assistance, and similar forms of collaboration. The CIRRIE website will provide an electronic bulletin board and discussion groups (Rehab Talk) on the various areas of rehabilitation research, providing a forum for researchers from the U.S. to remain engaged with researchers in other countries on a regular basis.
Further information on all of CIRRIE programs, including the Travel Grant Application Form, can be found on CIRRE's website. Hard copies of CIRRIE materials or materials in alternate formats are available upon request. If you are interested in an application, or further information about any CIRRIE programs, please contact:
State University of New York at Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology
515 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, New York 14214-3079
Phone 716/829-3141 ext. 149.
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The Rehab and Therapy Mall Online
Jan 05, 2000
If your New Year resolution was to get the most out of each stop your web surfing journey, two sites may be just the places for you. The Rehab and Therapy Mall Online and Rehab Central both offer a wide range of information, resources, and links on topics related to disability, assistive technology, and health. [More Information on The Rehab and Therapy Mall Online]
Jan 11, 1999
Using the latest technology, a new organization called Stroke Family helps stroke survivors practice talking at home with their computers. To find out more about how this program helps someone with aphasia re-learn speech, go to the Stroke Family website: http://www.strokefamily.org. From there, you can try the demo, or subscribe to the service. If you have questions, you can call Mike Schacker at 914/679-3717. [More Information on Stroke Family]