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As the Outreach and Conference Task Force, we strive to continue promoting ACRM at International meetings and conferences. We engage in outreach to rehabilitation professionals and researchers to submit proposals for presentations, papers and posters for 2019 ACRM Conference in Chicago, Illinois. We also advertise and promote trainings done by ACRM, such as Cognitive Rehabilitation Training.

Please be sure to mark your calendar to join us during our Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, 2 October, at 7:00 AM during the 2018 ACRM Conference in Dallas.


During the past three years, members of the Service Delivery Task Force have presented symposia, as well as, instructional courses during ACRM annual conferences. A main focus has been the identification and comparison of practice models used around the world: lessons learned and ways to increase social participation & integration in individuals with acquired brain injuries.

Members of the task force are currently working on projects to describe healthcare access and disparities across cultures. We hope in the future, our work will help identify ideal features of healthcare systems and be used to design culturally competent training of health care professionals as well as practice. Ultimately, we aim to disseminate the data collected to help inform public policy and consumer rights.

JOIN US IN DALLAS:  2 OCT // 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Save the date and plan to attend the ING Service Delivery Task Force Annual Business Meeting at the ACRM 2018 Conference in Dallas. It’s a great opportunity to network with international colleagues who share your interests, meet your next mentor or collaborator, and learn how to get involved.


Members of the Research and Organization Resources Task Force are working to create more international liaisons for worldwide collaboration in the realm of Rehabilitation. In an effort to increase the spread of research experience and worldwide rehabilitation data, we are working to build universal connections and have suggested the following organizations/locations:

  • Latin American Association of Medical Rehabilitation
  • European Brain Council
  • International Society of PM & R
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Research groups
  • European Multicenter Study on SC
  • Pacific Island Countries (Melanesia)
  • Brain Injury Rehab in India and Africa
  • The World Bank
  • Vicki Anderson & Cathy Catroppa in Australia Murdock Childrens Research
  • CARF International
  • Chinese Government and Hospitals
  • European and Asian University Centers with focus on BI and SCI research

In addition to making international connections, we strive to participate in the development of community-based rehabilitation initiatives and connect with global facilities to explore models of implementation.

Recently task force members have considered focusing research on exploring international interest across regions and countries for collaboration on a project to translate rehabilitation measures into other languages, with the ultimate goal of developing a shared database of similar measures.  Explore grants that may be available for such a project. Here are two possible sources of measures which could be examined:

  • Common Data Elements (CDE), developed by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) on several diagnostic groups
  • The Rehabilitation Measures Database developed through collaboration of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Department of Medical Social Science Informatics at Northwestern University School of Medicine.

Additional research ideas include exploring international funding opportunities for brain injury or spinal cord injury with a focus on aging or sex/gender, or exploring international capacity building by achieving an understanding of obstacles to realize developmental goals, while enhancing abilities that allow measurable and sustainable results.

Perhaps you have a project or symposium topic you would like to present and have others join you. We would like to hear about these ideas as well. Please be sure to mark your calendar to join us during our Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, 2 October, at 7:00 AM during the 2018 ACRM Conference in Dallas.


The Refugee Crisis Task Force actively seeks and engages in solutions and projects in order to improve the quality of life for individuals who are facing the double disadvantage of being disabled and refugees/asylum seekers. While we acknowledge the geographic, professional and budgetary limits of this task within the purview of an academic organization, we aim to be part of the solution by expanding our own expertise within the ING by leveraging our existing networks from various academic disciplines. We are constantly looking for ways to empower and contribute to ongoing or planned projects in various refugee-populated regions around the world.

We value your current research focus and task forces are a wonderful channel to collaborate with others and further your research. Please view the International Networking Group webpage for the list of task forces and simply email the task force chair for more information or to join! Surround yourself with professionals who are where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years. Please be sure to mark your calendar to join us during our Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, 2 October, at 7:00 AM during the 2018 ACRM Conference in Dallas.