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NONSTOP Content for International Rehabilitation

The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) aims for global impact with 4 days of high-caliber, continuous educational content for international rehabilitation.



Instructional Courses

Choose from these intensive full-day or half-day instructional courses with an international perspective to maximize your conference experience. Separate registration required.

*All instructional courses are included in the WORLD PASS WORLD PASS registration bundles conference favorites into one low price 

  • SUN, 25 OCT // full-day course
    The Constant Challenge of Person-Centered Care—Are You Up to It? #2805
  • MON, 26 OCT // full-day course
    Building Capacity: Formal Introduction and Implementation of Recommendations for the Management of Persons with DOC  #2840
  • TUE, 27 OCT // half-day course
    Diversity of Outcomes: From Person-Centered to International Neurorehabilitation Perspectives  #3221

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Cognitive Rehabilitation Training

Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual

MON & TUE, 26 – 27 OCT

Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory training teaches evidence-based interventions for impairments of executive functions, memory, attention, hemispatial neglect, and social communication.

The two-day workshop, led by authors of the Manual, provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation strategies from leading researchers and clinicians in the field. Manual included ($150 value).


Early Career Development Course

Building an Individual Professional Development Plan (IDP)


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher

Keynote Speaker, Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FACRM

This MUST-ATTEND full-day course provides THE IDEAL venue for connecting with seasoned professionals who are ready and willing to help guide your career on a path to success. The course is comprised of engaging didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions.

Featuring keynote speaker, Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FACRM who will kick-off the event with Making Science: Characteristics of Successful Scholars. The course will conclude with a fun and informative networking reception.


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  • 32+ hours of INTERNATIONAL REHABILITATION content available (46.25 continuing education hours possible)
  • PLUS NONSTOP content for diagnoses12 focus areas and dozens of cross-cutting topics spanning multiple diagnoses
  • 500+ scientific paper & poster presentations
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other conference
  • Access to DOZENS of ACRM Meetings: interdisciplinary special interest groups, networking groups & task forces


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Sponsored annually by the International Networking Group (ING) in honor of Dr. Bernard Eli Vakil, PhDBrucker, the Brucker International Luncheon has become an ACRM tradition. The event spotlights renowned international speakers and rehabilitation research topics of global interest.

In 2015, the ING is proud to welcome invited speaker, Elik Vakil, PhD who will share his important research on memory impairment.

Dissociation Between Memory Processes: The Contribution of Research on Memory Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Vakil will discuss how studying people with TBI could contribute to our understanding of the configuration of memory processes and could ultimately contribute to the assessment and rehabilitation of this patient population.

Dr. Vakil is a professor and former departmental chairman in the Department of Psychology and the head of the Memory and Amnesia lab at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar Ilan University. He is also director of the Rehabilitation Center for Veterans After Traumatic Brain-Injury (TBI) in Jaffa, Israel.



International Networking Group Meeting #1037

FRI, 30 OCT // Open to All

Attend the ACRM International Networking Group (ING) business meeting to learn about the work of this important group and the many opportunities it offers for productive networking and collaboration.

See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interests and expertise.


Don’t miss these highly rated symposia for international rehabilitation. See the CONFERENCE APP for full details of all symposia with an international perspective.


Cognitive Reserve in Healthy Aging and Long-Term Outcomes for Individuals With Brain Injury #3014

PRESENTERS: Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST; Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, FACRM; Eli Vakil, PhD; Kristine T. Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP

Cognitive Reserve (CR) is considered the mind’s resilience to neuropathology and has gained attention in the recent years in respect to a possible contribution in delaying the symptoms of pathological aging. This symposium will provide a brief overview of CR in general and describe its experimental applications within a healthy aging population and within a cohort of individuals with brain injury. A discussant will then briefly summarize the concepts presented and lead a conversational question and answer session.


Issues in Global Rehabilitation in Low-to-Middle Income Countries #3258

PRESENTERS:  Michelle J. Johnson, PhD; Andrew Haig, MD; Asare Christian, MD, MPH; Karla-Bustamante-Valles, PhD; Sean Smith, MD

Non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases, are the leading cause of death and disability in the world. An increase in their prevalence often leads to higher incidences of diabetes and stroke and consequently, an increase in the number of persons living with permanent disability due to impairment or amputation. Our learning objectives are to increase awareness on the growing disparities between rehabilitation infrastructure and deployment in developed and developing world and provide a forum for discussing ideas of how rehabilitation capacity can be created and how technology can play a more significant role in bridging the gap.


Community Integration for Individuals with Brain Injury: a cross-cultural review of service delivery models. #3139

PRESENTERS: Jonathan Armstrong, MHSc, BScOT; Kristine T. Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP; Barbara O’Connell, MBA Dip COT; Eli Vakil, PhD

Community Integration (CI) is a common goal of rehabilitation objectives. It has been tied to quality assurance in the community and improved quality of life. The symposium will provide a brief overview of CI in general as it applies to a cohort of individuals with acquired brain injury. Community services, supports, integration and inclusion are changing in countries such as Ireland and New Zealand. Issues of cultural competency and sensitivity are discussed. A discussant will then briefly summarize the concepts presented and lead a conversational question and answer session.


Bridging The Gap In Brain Injury Rehabilitation In A Developing Country- Models Of Service Delivery #3220

PRESENTER:  Arshia Q. Ahmad

Brain injures are a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The war on terror over the last 14 years has seen an increased number of individuals with brain injures. In the developing countries, lack of infrastructure, education and guidelines for early neurological rehabilitation means that most brain injured individuals never receive the care they need. Using Pakistan as a model for a developing country, we are identifying the gaps in brain injury management, understanding the factors at play to cause these gaps and formulating solutions to bridge these gaps by creating service delivery models that are acceptable, reproducible and sustainable.





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The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) offers NONSTOP CONTENT for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation plus 11 additional focus areas.

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*Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.