ABOUT THE CHAPTER
MISSION, GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The Metropolitan New York Chapter carries out its purpose to advocate, as a local chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA), for the ethical and enlightened rehabilitation of all persons with disabilities with the goal of personal and economic independence (Mission of NRA) through the following objectives:
- providing members of the NRA and all its Divisions with up-to-date information and opportunities for growth to keep them on the cutting edge of their rehabilitation practice.
- educating the general public (including those who work in the business and nonprofit communities, in all levels of government, and in academia) on issues critical to persons with disabilities and to the rehabilitation professionals who serve them.
- encouraging the entry of competent and humanitarian individuals to be rehabilitation professionals and supporting training opportunities required to make them effective practitioners.
- fostering excellence in rehabilitation practice through a system of awards to individuals, programs, and organizations that exemplify ethical and enlightened rehabilitation.
- advising NRA members and would-be members of the benefits in joining NRA.
- taking whatever other appropriate actions that achieve the Mission of NRA.
RECRUITMENT OF NEW ENTRANTS INTO REHABILITATION COUNSELING
The Board cultivates university affiliations through our activity of holding its regular monthly Board meeting at the sites of the rehabilitation counseling programs in the metropolitan area: New York University or Hunter College. We meet with their Rehabilitation Counselor Student Associations, encouraging students to take advantage of the discounted conference fee and student membership. These programs’ faculty members actively participate on the Board of the Chapter as it plans training activities and develops conference programs.
Our Board includes rehabilitation educators, former U. S. Department of Education-Rehabilitation Services Administration Assistant Regional Commissioners, and other rehabilitation professionals from some of the most prestigious rehabilitation agencies in Region: Veterans’ Hospital, International Center for the Disabled, FEGS, Abilities, Visiting Nurse Association, the NY State Department of Education-VESID, etc.
The Chapter makes awards in different areas of rehabilitation. It seeks and selects candidates for awards which are described below, to be presented at annual awards meeting in the spring or when appropriate.(click for more details.)
ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES TO CARRY OUT NRA’S MISSION
Such activities that relate to our final objective include:
•sending Board members, especially newer members, to trainings at national NRA training conferences.
•advocating by our standing Legislative Committee for licensure of rehabilitation counselors in New York State through presentations made before State legislators outlining the benefits of licensure for the public good.