Washington Wires

The National Rehabilitation Association Governmental Affairs staff will continue to keep you advised of the latest legislative and policy developments on Capitol Hill, and elsewhere, with current and accurate legislative accounts of disability-specific issues of interest to our Members in the NRA’s Washington Wires.

Our Washington Wires are sporadic updates from our governmental affairs department that update NRA members on the happenings in Washington D.C. in relation to the field of rehabilitation. This is a member benefit exclusively for NRA members!

Hot off the Hill! As a members of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Government Affairs staff will provide you with our Washington Wire Service—update emails giving you the inside scoop of rehabilitation policy on the Hill. 

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Thursday, February 28, 2014                                                                                                                         


Alexandria, Virginia --  The National Rehabilitation Association and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) are pleased to announce their most recent partnership in hosting a series of Webinars on a wide-ranging number of issues of importance to Americans with disabilities.

Among the timely topics to be co-hosted by APSE and the National Rehabilitation Association include professional development opportunities, the Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and VR, the legislative landscape generally, including a session on the art of advocacy, social media and the effect this medium has had on ethics and individuals with disabilities, Social Security Benefits, IDEA Reauthorization, the ABLE Act, and many other important issues. 

"This exciting new series of Webinars co-hosted by APSE and the National Rehabilitation Association on issues affecting every aspect of disABILITY from the legislative landscape to the power of social media, maintaining high standards for rehabilitation professionals and special education professionals, among others, will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the opportunities and challenges that our community encounters on a daily basis."

"Like APSE, the National Rehabilitation Association is very excited about our productive partnership and the opportunities this collaboration will provide in co-hosting this series of Webinars on timely topics by some of the best and brightest in our field," said Patricia Leahy, Interim Executive Director and Director of Government Affairs.

The National Rehabilitation Association is a national membership organization which advances progressive policies and legislation regarding quality employment by qualified rehabilitation professionals through advocacy and outreach.

Founded in 1925, the National Rehabilitation Association is the longest-established and one of the strongest advocates of Americans with disabilities achieving the American Dream of a college education, a career and community living.  The National Rehabilitation Association has Chapters in almost all States and hosts annually its Training Conference and its Government Affairs Summit.

For more information on the National Rehabilitation Association, please access our website:   www.nationalrehab.org; or follows us on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter@NationalRehab

Founded in 1988, APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  APSE supports the only annual national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment.  APSE has chapters in 37 States and the District of Columbia.  For more information, www.apse.org on Facebook, or follow us APSE on Twitter@National/APSE. 

"One of the best ways to move Employment First forward is for professionals in our field to learn together and from one another.  We are excited about partnering with NRA on our Webinar trainings and looking forward to connect in other ways as we move forward," said Laura Owens, Executive Director, APSE.

We are pleased to announce the first of the collaborative Webinars will occur on March 18, 2014, with Dr. Jeffrey Dulko, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC, on Ethics and the New Age of Social Media.  Dr. Dulko is a Vocational Program Manager and Therapist for Rochester Rehabilitation in Rochester, New York.  

The cost of the Webinars will be $25 for NRA  and APSE members.

All participants will receive a copy of the presentation and/or notes handout along with the recorded webinar for future viewing.  CEU and CRC credits will be available. 

The Sixth President of our great country, John Quincy Adams, said "If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, become more, you are a leader."

APSE and the National Rehabilitation Association believe in partnerships that do just that.

On behalf of all in the National Rehabilitation Association, I want to thank Laura Owens and all in APSE for the opportunity to partner with such a great organization.