Select Page
International Networking Group Header Main

Meet Your International Colleagues at the ING Social

The International Networking Group (ING) invites you to join them on 6 Nov at 8:15 PM CST in Chicago for an evening of dinner/drinks/dessert and an opportunity to get to know each other and socialize in an informal setting. Participants will meet in the Hilton Chicago lobby for a 10-minute walk to Niu B or rendezvous at 888 S Michigan Ave. The menu is reasonably priced, offering sushi, noodles, and other Pan-Asian dishes, including vegan dishes.

See the menu & prices >>

See Google map to Niu B >>

Please follow the link to RSVP via a Doodle poll to help us plan for you. We look forward to meeting you in Chicago!

Join Us In Chicago!

All conference attendees are automatically ACRM members. Non-members receive a 6-month introductory ACRM membership automatically with registration. Put your member benefits to work right away—join an ACRM community group and attend a community group or task force meeting! PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Online Program for the most up-to-date information.


Tuesday 5 NOV

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • ING Refugee Empowerment Task Force Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
    Location: 4J, 4th Floor

Wednesday 6 NOV

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • ING Annual Business Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
    Location: 4Q, 4th Floor

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

  • ING Executive Committee Meeting
    Location: 4L, 4th Floor

Thursday 7 NOV

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • ING Service Delivery Task Force Meeting (open for ALL to attend)
    Location: 4I, 4th Floor



Plenaries >>


An Around the World Perspective – Moving the Needle on Rehabilitation Medicine and Research >>

Through an international lens we will explore our awareness of how person centered practices are used to create the meaningful plan to return persons served to a quality of life not just a discharge destination. Billie Jean King once stated: ” I think self awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” All of the rehabilitation and research community need to examine their self-awareness of the lives of those we serve to become their champions,Through stories of success, failure, and resilience we will become more self aware and make the necessary change to practice.

Learn more >>


Special Symposia >>


BRUCKER SYMPOSIUM: Capacity-Building in Low-Resource Regions: Lessons Learned From Global Mental Health >>

The presentation will identify lessons learned from successful capacity-building initiatives in mental health services for poor regions around the globe. Systematic capacity-building needs to be locally acceptable, sustainable, and scalable. It is underlined by a human rights approach and involves multi-level local partnerships and disciplines. Task shifting and delineation of care pathways with clear decision rules are essential. Systematic training-of -trainers procedures involve selection and competency criteria for specialist and non-specialist providers and supervisors. Potential applications of these findings to capacity-building in core areas of rehabilitation medicine will be discussed.

Learn more >>


Instructional Courses >>


IC 11: Evidence Based Multidisciplinary Approach to Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis >>

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) prevalence is 2-4%; a 20-40° curve has 52-58% probability of surgery; bracing and exercises can change this natural history. Published results, increased public knowledge, and growing awareness by surgeons is driving to requests of conservative (rehabilitation) services. A multidisciplinary team approach is a key to success according to the international Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment – SOSORT. Presenters of this introductory course will include 4 professions (MD, PT, CPO, PhD/PA-C), and 3 SOSORT past presidents. Topics: what AIS is, evaluation, current evidence, bracing and exercises schools, clinical cases: medical, physiotherapeutic and orthotic approach, Q&A.

Learn more >>


IC 1: The Experience of Individuals with ABI and their Families: Family Intervention in the Rehabilitation Setting >>

Acquired brain injuries (ABI) can have deleterious effects on family life,often changing roles and routines, and fostering intense and prolonged caregiving duties. Individuals with ABI and their partners may experience Increased familial distress, marital strain, reduced sexual intimacy and overall disatisfaction with the relationship. Yet, healthcare professionals are unsure on how to most effectively intervene to improve problem solving, communication, affective responsiveness, affective involvement, and behavioral control within the family unit. This workshop aims to introduce a manualized culturally competent intervention appraoch of family systems developed by Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD. & colleagues, for use in the rehabilitation setting.

Learn more >>



ACRM 96th Annual Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research

CORE: 5 – 8 NOV 2019 // CHICAGO USA // PRE-CONFERENCE: 3 – 5 NOV 2019