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  • International Advisory Council (IAC) resources

    This page contains resources produced by International Advisory Council (IAC) members. To find out more about the IAC, visit the IAC page. (Open as PDF files unless otherwise indicated.)

  • ACRM | American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

    ACRM is a global community of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research. Providing a platform for interdisciplinary learning and exchange, it is the only professional association representing all members of the rehabilitation team, including physiatrists and other physicians, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, physical therapists, speech therapists, recreation specialists, case managers, and disability management specialists. ACRM is committed to educating rehabilitation providers by disseminating cutting-edge research and advancing evidence-based practice through the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, New window icon interdisciplinary special interest and networking groups, online training, New window iconand publications. New window icon Ongoing ACRM advocacy efforts support adequate public funding of research endeavors.

  • ACRM | Membership Video Link opens in a new window
    Membership in ACRM is a gateway to an inclusive and caring community of professionals with the mission of improving lives of those with disabling conditions* through the sharing of interdisciplinary rehabilitation research and the latest cutting-edge evidence-based science with particular concentration on: *brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, and cancer, pediatric and geriatric rehabilitation.

    ACRM l 2016 Conference Video Link opens in a new window
    The ACRM 93nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), will offer nonstop content for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer, and pediatric rehabilitation. The largest interdisciplinary conference in the world for rehabilitation research will be in Chicago, IL.

    ACRM | Interdisciplinary Special Interest and Networking Groups Link opens in a new window
    ACRM Interdisciplinary Special Interest and Networking Groups focus on emerging issues, trends, education, and research in the areas of:

    1. brain injury 
    2. spinal cord injury 
    3. stroke 
    4. outcomes measurement 
    5. early career development 
    6. international rehabilitation 
    7. neurodegenerative disease 
    8. pain 

    Participation in any ACRM group provides opportunities for career development, professional networking, curriculum vitae building, publishing and educational content development. This resource is produced by the ACRM | American Congress of Rehabilitation MedicineNew window icon 

    ACRM | Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Link opens in a new window
    The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation New window icon advances the art and science of interdisciplinary rehabilitation, and is the premier source for researchers and clinicians to obtain authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical, behavioral, and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities. The journal publishes original, peer-reviewed articles that report on important trends and developments in physical medicine and rehabilitation and are relevant to all members of medical rehabilitation teams, including physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists and case managers. Archives began publication in 1920; it publishes monthly, and is the official journal of the ACRM. Archives is the most highly cited journal in Rehabilitation, has the highest Eigenfactor in the category, and has an Impact Factor that has increased eight of the past nine years. (2011 Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters). In 2009, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was identified by the Special Libraries Association as one of the 100 most influential journals of Biology & Medicine over the last 100 years. Annual subscriptions are free to ACRM members. Members also receive free online access to archival issues. This resource is produced by the ACRM | American Congress of Rehabilitation MedicineNew window icon 

    ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual Link opens in a new window
    The ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice is based on a recent review of the literature covering evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation, completed by a team of researchers led by Keith Cicerone, PhD, ABPP-Cn. It is a practical guide for the implementation of evidence-based interventions for impairments of executive functions, memory, attention, hemispatial neglect, and social communication. The manual features step-by step guidelines and practical tools, such as decision-making trees for determining a course of action during rehabilitation, and worksheets for tracking patient progress. It is intended for use in clinical practice by all professionals who provide cognitive rehabilitation to brain-injured patients. Ask about volume pricing for institutions. New window icon Earn Continuing Education credit when you attend a live Cognitive Rehabilitation Training New window icon based on the manual or learn onlineNew window icon 

  • American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA)

    The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) is the United States' only trade organization dedicated solely to the interests of Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals and Units (IRH/U), outpatient rehabilitation centers, and other medical rehabilitation providers. Its focus is on collective advocacy – working together to advance the field of medical rehabilitation and support the medical rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities.

  • AMRPA l eRehabData® Link opens in a new window
    AMRPA collects and distributes data and analysis of national and regional trends in medical rehabilitation to all members; eRehabData incorporates available data in advocacy and educational initiatives.

    AMRPA l Information and Communication Link opens in a new window
    AMRPA keeps members informed of significant policy, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting medical rehabilitation providers through: Action Advisory Alerts - timely electronic updates, along with the availability of pertinent documents; Off the Record - a weekly electronic newsletter which provides summary information on current legislative and regulatory issues; AMRPA Magazine - a monthly report on medical rehabilitation matters and trends, including in-depth analysis of legislative, regulatory, and operational issues; Membership Calls - held on an as-needed basis to provide timely information on emerging developments and issues affecting the field.

    AMRPA l Regional meetings Link opens in a new window
    Throughout the year AMRPA provides the latest intelligence information and facts about issues impacting medical rehabilitation providers, including: legislative, regulatory, operational, financial, and strategic issues. Each summer, AMRPA executives travel the U.S. presenting at various strategic locations as part of AMRPA's Summer Regional Seminar Series.

    AMRPA l Web Based Seminars Link opens in a new window
    Throughout the year AMRPA provides the latest intelligence information and facts about issues impacting medical rehabilitation providers including: legislative, regulatory, operational, financial, and strategic issues. Watch on-demand webinars at your own convenience.

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy, and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.

  • American Occupational Therapy Association - Modifying Your Home for Independence Link opens in a new window
    Home modification can provide an alternative to older adults and people with disabilities that can allow them to live in their own homes as long as possible. The strategies outlined in this document can help a person live independently for many years. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Living with Alzheimer's Disease Link opens in a new window
    This guide offers an outline of what occupational therapists and friends can do for someone with Alzheimer' s Disease. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Managing Chronic Pain Link opens in a new window
    This tip sheet covers the management of daily activities and lifestyle for people suffering from chronic pain. It also describes how occupational therapists can help. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Understanding Autism Link opens in a new window
    This sheet explains how occupational therapists can help understand autism and where to get more information. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Recovering from Stroke Link opens in a new window
    This document describes the role occupational therapists play in helping someone recover from a stroke. It is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Living with Spinal Cord Injury Link opens in a new window
    With proper treatment, thousands of people with spinal cord injury have continued to lead happy and productive lives. This resource shows how friends, family, and occupational therapists can help. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Managing Quality of Life with Low Vision Link opens in a new window
    This brochure demonstrates how people with vision impairments can continue to live independent and meaningful lives with help from friends, family, and occupational therapists. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    American Occupational Therapy Association - Fall Prevention Link opens in a new window
    Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults over the age of 65 years. This sheet covers some fall prevention tips that can be used at home. This resource is produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

  • American Psychological Association 

    The American Psychological Association (APA) aspires to excel as a valuable, effective, and influential organization advancing psychology as a science. Based in Washington, D.C., the association creates, communicates, and applies psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives. With 150,000 members in the United States, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

  • American Psychological Association - The Road to Resilience Link opens in a new window
    This brochure is intended to assist readers in dealing with difficult events in their lives. Strategies and techniques to build resilience, as well as factors that affect how people deal with hardships, are covered. This resource is produced by the American Psychological Association.

    American Psychological Association - Staying Resilient Through Tough Economic Times Link opens in a new window
    Managing your resilience during stressful economic times can seem like a difficult task. This brochure offers readers positive tactics and outlooks that can assist in adapting to current conditions. This resource is produced by the American Psychological Association.

    American Psychological Association - Resilience Guide: For Parents & Teachers Link opens in a new window
    This brochure serves as a guide for parents and teachers to help children build resilience and manage feelings of anxiety. Strategies and techniques for preschool- through high school-aged kids are covered. This resource is produced by the American Psychological Association.

    American Psychological Association - Resilience in a Time of War Link opens in a new window
    This brochure addresses emotions that are caused by terrorism and war. Tips for building resilience and adapting in a time of war and conflict are discussed. This resource is produced by the American Psychological Association.

    American Psychological Association - Resilience for Teens: Got Bounce? Link opens in a new window
    Teens looking for a guide to help them learn the skills of resilience can use this brochure as a resource. It focuses on challenges and issues specific to this age group. This resource is produced by the American Psychological Association.

  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

    ARN is dedicated to advancing rehabilitation nursing practice by promoting, supporting, conducting, and disseminating research to improve the quality of healthcare to individuals with a disability or chronic illness.

  • Restart Recovery Link opens in a new window
    This site was created by rehabilitation nurses who understand the special needs of people who experience a major injury, chronic illness, or disability. Rehabilitation provides a total approach to treatment and long-term care for people on the road to recovery. This resource is produced by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

    ARN-CAT Link opens in a new window
    The Competencies Assessment Tool is a free tool designed for Nurse Managers, Administrators, Educators, or Case Managers, who need a simple way to evaluate staff competency in the basic areas of rehabilitation nursing. This resource is produced by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

    Safe Patient Handling Toolkit Link opens in a new window
    In 2004, ARN collaborated with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) to publish a white paper highlighting strategies to improve patient and health care provider safety in patient handling and movement tasks. As a result of the recommendations made in that document, a ready to use, web-based resource was developed that helps promote safe patient handling in rehabilitation.

    Care of the Patient with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Link opens in a new window
    AANN and ARN have partnered to develop this guideline to provide recommendations based on current evidence that will help registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and institutions provide safe and effective care to injured patients with a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The goal of this guideline is to offer evidence-based recommendations on nursing activities that have the potential to maximize outcomes for persons following MTBI.

    Care of the Patient with Multiple Sclerosis Link opens in a new window
    ARN partnered with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) to develop this guideline which promotes evidence-based practice for the adult patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the continuum of care.

    Bowel Care Guidelines Link opens in a new window
    The RNF Practice Guidelines for the Management of Constipation in Adults address an unmet need for nurses, physicians, and dietitians in rehabilitation, long-term care, and in home health, ambulatory, and community settings. Developed by an interdisciplinary group, the guidelines can be used to guide decision-making as to the assessment and treatment of constipation in adults.

    Caring for Older Patients in Rehabilitation Nursing Link opens in a new window
    Resources for nurses working with older adults provided by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

    Member Circle (is for Members only) eDiscussion Group Link opens in a new window
    An exciting online discussion tool for networking with colleagues in rehabilitation and restorative nursing offered by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

    Rehabilitation Nursing Journal Link opens in a new window
    This resource features in-depth articles on current practice issues, research and its implications, editorial features, and news about products and services for individuals with disabilities or chronic illness. ARN members receive a subscription and a free continuing education (CE) credit in every issue, up to six per year.

    Online Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Course Link opens in a new window
    This course is designed for nurses new to rehabilitation nursing or who may float to rehabilitation units. It provides a comprehensive education in rehabilitation nursing concepts and clinical skills. It also provides a thorough overview of the rehabilitation specialty for experienced nurses studying to take the CRRN Exam.

    Educational Webinars Link opens in a new window
    Experts in various areas of rehabilitation nursing are invited to present webinars three times a year. ARN webinars typically focus in on a particular aspect of the rehabilitation world and allow participants the opportunity to interact with the presenters without the added cost of travel. Webinars are offered both live and in endured formats.

    Introduction to Rehabilitation Nursing Online Course Link opens in a new window
    ARN’s Introduction to Rehabilitation Nursing course is a unique online program designed for nurses who are new to rehabilitation or who want to incorporate basic rehabilitation nursing skills into their work in non-rehabilitation settings. This course is ideal for individual nurses seeking to develop a foundation in rehabilitation nursing, as well as for units and facilities looking to provide consistent, flexible, and personalized rehabilitation nursing training to their staff.

    Restorative Nursing Assistant Online Course Link opens in a new window
    ARN's Restorative Nursing Assistant Online Course provides basic training to nursing assistants on the principles of restorative nursing. Designed to be used on its own or in conjunction with the popular ARN Restorative Nursing: A Training Manual for Nursing Assistants publication, the online course covers the same fundamental topics as the printed manual, allowing nursing assistants to learn the material using a unique interactive online learning platform.

  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

    The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is the largest national membership organization representing the interests and needs of therapeutic recreation specialists, also known as recreation therapists. Recreation therapists are healthcare providers who plan, direct, deliver, and evaluate recreation-based interventions for individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions. They provide research-informed interventions that are based on client assessments and targeted client outcomes

  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association – Recreational Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders Link opens in a new window
    Information sheet detailing how recreational therapy addresses development in physical, cognitive, social and behavioral domains for clients with Autism Spectrum disorders.

    American Therapeutic Recreation Association – Recreational Therapy and Mental Health Link opens in a new window
    Information sheet detailing how recreational therapists work with individuals diagnosed with mental illness, their families, and in conjunction with other mental health professionals.

    American Therapeutic Recreation Association - Recreational Therapy and Older Persons Link opens in a new window
    Information sheet detailing the role of recreational therapy in the treatment and maintenance of the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older clients.

    American Therapeutic Recreation Association - Recreational Therapy in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Link opens in a new window
    Information sheet detailing how recreational therapists work with individuals in physical medicine and rehabilitation units to improve functional independence as part of the interdisciplinary care team.

  • Brain Injury Association of America, Inc.

    Founded in 1980, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating traumatic brain injury (TBI). Together with its network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country, the BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 5.3 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.

  • Brain Injury Association of America - Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury Link opens in a new window
    This fact sheet contains definitions and information about traumatic brain injury. It is produced by the Brain Injury Association of America, Inc.

    Brain Injury Association - Where to Turn - Your Guide to Federal Disability Policies and Programs - PDF Link opens in a new window
    This comprehensive PDF covers various departments, policies, and programs of the US government that influence or oversee disability issues. This resource is produced by the Brain Injury Association of America, Inc.

  • Child Welfare League of America

    CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. CWLA aims to lead the nation in building public will to ensure safety, permanence, and well-being of children, youth, and their families by advancing public policy, defining and promoting practice excellence, and delivering superior membership services.

  • Child Welfare League of America - 2012 State Fact Sheets Link opens in a new window
    This National and State Facts tab of this page provides descriptive information on the condition of vulnerable children in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, using indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, and income support. It is created by the Child Welfare League of America.

  • Easter Seals

    Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

  • Easter Seals - Autism 101 Link opens in a new window
    This article answers your questions about autism. It covers various types, treatments, challenges, and facts relating to autism. It is produced by Easter Seals.

    Easter Seals - Could My Child Have Autism? Link opens in a new window
    This guide describes what signs to look for if you suspect your child may have autism. It also covers what steps to take to get help. This PDF is produced by Easter Seals.

    Easter Seals - Autism After Age 21: Now What? Link opens in a new window
    This guide highlights services for children with autism who grow up and "age out" of the school system. It offers suggestions for adults with autism as they navigate through their day-to-day lives. This resource is produced by Easter Seals.

  • LeadingAge

    The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, education, and applied research. The association promotes adult day services, home health, hospice, community-based services, PACE, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, and nursing homes as well as technology solutions and person-centered practices that support the overall health and well-being of seniors, children, and those with special needs.

  • The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research Link opens in a new window
    This website brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to a wide variety of research areas. The center has earned a national reputation for its ability to translate research findings into real-world policies and practices that improve the lives of older Americans and their caregivers. This resource is produced by LeadingAge.

  • United Spinal Association

    United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease by ensuring quality health care, promoting research, advocating for civil rights and independence, educating the public about these issues, and enlisting the public's help in achieving these fundamental goals.

  • United Spinal Association - What is SCI/D? Link opens in a new window
    This brochure is a general introduction to spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D). This publication is produced by United Spinal Association.

    United Spinal Association - Disability Etiquette Link opens in a new window
    This helpful publication contains tips on interacting with people with disabilities. With illustrations and easy-to-understand bullets, this is a useful guide for disability etiquette. This resource is produced by United Spinal Association.

    United Spinal Association - Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users Link opens in a new window
    This brochure provides tips and suggestions for how to plan ahead for a fire. Prevention and escape techniques are covered. This resource is produced by United Spinal Association.

    United Spinal Association - Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Link opens in a new window
    This document is a comprehensive overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This resource is produced by United Spinal Association.

    United Spinal Association - Understanding the Fair Housing Amendments Act Link opens in a new window
    This brochure aims to help both persons with disabilities and advocates better understand the Fair Housing Amendments Act. The brochure explains the law and how to make the law work for people with disabilities. This resource is produced by United Spinal Association.

  • United Cerebral Palsy

    As one of the largest health charities in America, the mission of United Cerebral Palsy is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

  • United Cerebral Palsy - Life Without Limits Link opens in a new window
    Life Without Limits is a national collaborative effort by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) to create a new vision of the future for persons with disabilities. This link provides an article and video with more information on this important initiative.

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