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ACRM Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG)

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The Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) is a community of interdisciplinary professionals who work to enhance educational and networking opportunities for ACRM members interested in SCI, and to advance clinical practice to improve the lives of people with SCI.



The mission of the SCI-ISIG is to advance the field of SCI rehabilitation and research by:

  • Providing opportunities for professional development
  • Advocating for standards of practice and research
  • Supporting a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange and collaboration





Call for Nominations – SCI-ISIG Membership Officer

The SCI-ISIG is now accepting nominations for the new Membership Officer position on the SCI-ISIG Executive Committee. The key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Acts as liaison between the ACRM National Office, Membership Committee, and the SCI-ISIG
  • Reviews and monitors the SCI-ISIG membership
  • Maintains ongoing campaign to promote SCI-ISIG membership

Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged, as are peer nominations of SCI-ISIG members. Please send the name, credentials, title, and affiliation of the candidate to Yuying Chen at The committee will accept nominations through 31 January 2019



  • Advance SCI research and promote research collaboration
  • Establish an interdisciplinary research agenda
  • Promote translation of evidence to enhance clinical expertise and practice


  • Conduct state-of-the-art reviews of practice in spinal cord care
  • Enhance competencies of an interdisciplinary team member in SCI rehabilitation


  • Participate in continuing education offerings specific to the interests of SCI researchers and clinicians
  • Plan an educational course for the ACRM annual meeting, Progress in Rehabilitation Research
  • Develop and receive informational and instructional media

Become involved in an SCI-ISIG task force by contacting the task force chair.

SCI PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS – 2018 Annual Conference



SCI-ISIG 2018 Poster Awards

The Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) presented two awards for outstanding posters, presented during the ACRM 95th Annual Conference earlier this month, in Dallas.

  • SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award: Stephanie Silveira
  • SCI-SIG Early Career Poster Award: Namrata Grampurohit



Sam Schmidt to present ACRM plenary

PLENARY III: Breaking Barriers; Sam Schmidt and the SAM Car Project

Presenter: Sam Schmidt, MBA photo
Hear the inspirational voice of Sam Schmidt, an individual with spinal cord injury (SCI) related paralysis, who used his Indianapolis 500 racecar driving success to “drive” the field of SCI research, technology and participation with the advanced technological SAM car. Participants will learn about the human-machine interface employed by the SAM car and how Arrow Electronics plans to transition SAM car technology to the disability field. Learn More >>


SCI Special Symposium featuring Gerben DeJong

SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Health Care Reform and Rehabilitation for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Presenter: Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

The health care system is complex and does not always meet the needs of people with SCI or rehabilitation practitioners. This talk will give historical perspective on how we came to where we are today, highlight examples of innovative policies and service delivery models that may warrant scaling up, and provide suggestions for how to best advocate for change with policy-makers. Learn More >>


SCI Lecture Luncheon featuring Katherine Froehlich-Grobe

SCI-ISIG Lecture Luncheon

Best Practices for Designing and Studying Behavioral Interventions for People with Physical Disabilities

Presenter: Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD

Many desired rehabilitation outcomes require that people with disabilities make behavioral changes. Implementing new patterns of behavior pose challenges for everyone, yet people with SCI also face unique personal and environmental barriers that impact this process. Conducting research that targets behavior change for those with SCI requires researchers to consider how barriers (e.g., transportation, inaccessible environments) may impact their ability to participate in research. In this talk, Dr. Froehlich-Grobe will present lessons learned from her extensive experience developing and testing theory-based interventions to promote physical activity, exercise, and healthy diet and weight in people with SCI and other disabilities. Learn More >>


IC35: The Adaptive Sport Symposium: Promoting Health and Wellness through Adaptive Sports

IC35: The Adaptive Sport Symposium: Promoting Health and Wellness through Adaptive Sports


  • Lindsay Ramey, MD
  • Jason Smith, PhD, ABPP
  • Robert Rinaldi, MD, FAAPMR
  • Darlene Hunter, PhD
  • Jason Petrasic, MD

The adaptive sports symposium is a special feature of ACRM. It includes an overview of the benefits and barriers to adaptive sports participation, practical examples of how to improve awareness and access in your local community and demonstrations of more than 10 different adaptive sports. It will feature healthcare specialists and Paralympic athletes. ACRM members are also eligible to attend the UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports EXPO for free on Saturday, April 29th at the University of Texas Arlington, Maverick Activities Center. This event features interactive demonstrations of more than 20 different sports—free shuttle service from the hotel will be provided. Learn More >>


IC30: Stimulation Paradigms and Parameters After Spinal Cord Injury

IC30: Stimulation Paradigms and Parameters After Spinal Cord Injury


  • Ashraf Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM
  • T. Ann McElroy, PTA, AS

This symposium will provide hands-on training on a few of the commercially available stimulators to enable clinicians, researchers and consumers to safely handle electrical stimulation units to maximize muscle health after SCI. This workshop will serve as the basis for many disciplines who are willing to start an effective rehabilitation program using the technology of electrical stimulation, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, and exercise physiologists. The target audience will also include researchers and consumers who are likely to expand and benefit from applications of electrical stimulation. Learn More >>

See ALL 2018 Programming for SCI >>


Seeking Members for Media & Marketing Committee

The SCI-ISIG is now seeking members for the newly formed Media and Marketing Committee. The purpose of this committee is to help identify and contribute SCI content to ACRM publications, website, and social media. If you want to make a difference for the SCI-ISIG and work with great ACRM colleagues, please volunteer!

Submit questions and nominations to Dr. Sue Ann Sisto, SCI-ISIG Communications Officer. We are looking forward to working with you and are available for any questions you may have about involvement with the SCI-ISIG.




  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
  • Task Force participation
  • Collaborative research opportunities


The opportunity to participate in more than 20 specialized ACRM community groups, including interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG), networking groups and forming groups, is one of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership.

Individual membership is available at various levels and includes a subscription to the most-cited journal in rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and discounted member pricing on all ACRM products and events. MORE >>>

ACRM institutional membership provides substantial discounts on all ACRM products and educational events, custom sponsorship and marketing opportunities, and the benefit of affiliation with the world’s largest association for interdisciplinary rehabilitation research. MORE >>> 



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    The Guide describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a Product Development Worksheet and a Product Review Request Form.
    Bylaws for the SCI-ISIG may be found in the ACRM Policies & Procedures Manual. To review the manual, please login to the Member Portal. In the left navigation, select “Members ONLY Access” and click the hyperlink for the Policies & Procedures Manual.