In February of 2016, the ACRM Board of Governors approved the establishment of the Technology in Rehabilitation Group (TRG), allowing it to join the ranks of ACRM professional communities. The TRG serves as the venue for an interdisciplinary group of rehabilitation professionals, comprising academicians, clinicians, researchers, rehabilitation and consumer technology industry members, and end-users. This interdisciplinary group is dedicated to promoting rehab technology research and development, bench-to-bedside application to the clinical environment and effective technology transfer for availability to end-users.
The TRG aims to be recognized as the leading international networking group providing collaboration and resources for development and deployment of technology in the field of rehabilitation medicine. The TRG will attract leading professionals internationally, spanning academic, clinical, research and commercial and end-user environments. The group will also assist ACRM staff in making ACRM visible to commercial technology companies and in recruiting commercial exhibitors.
The growing interest and focus of ACRM members on technology in rehabilitation helped to inspire the formation of this group. The TRG launched with more than 30 members in the first month following board approval, and the group is continuing to build membership.
TECHNOLOGY REHAB TRACK AT THE ACRM ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The TRG encouraged researchers and clinicians working in rehabilitation technology to submit proposals for this year’s Annual Conference. A full conference track on Technology is anticipated this year, as the ACRM Programming Committee received 32 submissions for Pre-conference courses, symposia, and paper and poster presentations which listed Technology as a content topic. Additionally, the TRG, with the support of the Program Committee is working on a Technopalooza demonstration event for the 2016 Annual Conference – more details to come!
TRG LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The TRG is co-chaired by Megan Mitchell, PhD, currently on sabbatical, and John Morris, PhD from Shepherd Center. Other Executive Committee Members include:
- SECRETARY: Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP from Shepherd Center
- CONFERENCE PROGRAM TASK FORCE
CO-CHAIRS: Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L, University of Missouri and
Sara Benham, OTD, OTR/L, University of the Sciences
The TRG is seeking to fill several open positions on the Executive Committee including a Communications Officer, Industry Outreach Task Force Chair and Member-at-Large Early Career Representative. Please contact a TRG Chair to learn more and volunteer.
We invite all who have an interest in technology in rehabilitation to join our group. Members will have a unique opportunity to network with clinicians, researchers, rehabilitation and consumer technology industry members, and end-users who are interested in the field of rehabilitation technology.
ACRM membership is not required to participate in this group, but you must sign-up in order to receive our communications. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues and students/mentees.
TO SIGN-UP please email Megan Mitchell or John Morris. Then create or update your ACRM profile in the member/visitor portal. Be sure to select “Yes” from the drop-down menu for “Technology Group” at the bottom of the screen and SAVE your profile.
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