Resources: Professional Associations

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standards of patient care through education, literature, research, advocacy, and collaboration.

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American Academy of Physical Therapy

The American Academy of Physical Therapy (AAPT) was formally established in 1989, on September 16, in Chicago, Illinois. Assembled were 63 strong and determined African American Physical Therapists supported by 21 who could not attend, for the purpose of addressing the many unmet professional concerns of the African American Physical Therapy Community.

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American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology. We value rehabilitation research that promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life for people with disabling conditions. We are committed to research that is relevant to consumers, educates providers to deliver best practices, and supports advocacy efforts that ensure adequate public funding for our research endeavors.

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American Occupational Therapy Association

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.

AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational therapy services; improving consumer access to health care services, and promoting the professional development of members.

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American Physical Therapy Association

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 74,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

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Aquatic PT Section

The purpose of the Aquatic PT Section is to meet the needs of physical therapists interested in using the water for various aspects of their careers, provide a means by which Association members with an interest in aquatic therapy can meet, exchange, develop and promote aquatic therapy as an important component to the physical therapy profession.

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National Athletic Trainers’ Association

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 30,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of the NATA – to support their profession, and to receive a broad array of membership benefits

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National Rehabilitation Association

The National Rehabilitation Association is an organization of approximately 5,600 members working together to promote “ethical and state of the art practice in rehabilitation.”

The National Rehabilitation Association seeks to be the premier organization nationwide connecting thousands of professionals in the area of vocational rehab. We are here to serve our members and provide them with up to date information on advocacy, issues and networking opportunities.

Learn More exists for the betterment of physical therapists. The original online resource, mechanism for exchange, and forum for ideas, strives to improve the community of physical therapy professionals resulting in enhanced care for patients.

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RESNA is an organization for those engaged in the research, development, and application of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. If you are new to RESNA, and this of interest to you, we invite you to explore the site to find out more. If you are familiar with RESNA, we hope you will find this new website, helpful, engaging and easy to use. With its launch, we pledge to ensure that it will evolve to continually meet the needs of our members and potential members.

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Section on Pediatrics

The Section on Pediatrics is one of the specialty sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. The mission of the Section on Pediatrics is to promote the highest quality of life for all children, people with developmental disabilities, and their families. The Section represents pediatric physical therapy and promotes its members as preferred providers. The Section also serves as a collective voice to further the role of pediatric physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

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