The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF) was established in 1996 by Allied Services, a not-for-profit healthcare system headquartered in Scranton, Pa. Allied, since 1976, served as sponsor of National Rehabilitation Week, a nationwide celebration to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and the capabilities of people with disabilities.
This year’s National Rehabilitation Week will be celebrated September 19-25, 2011.
The Foundation was created to extend the observance from a week-long event to a year ‘round awareness campaign. One of the Foundation’s main initiatives is to elevate the celebration to a greater level of prominence.
Approximately 1,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy rallied on Capitol Hill before meeting with their members of Congress as part of PT Day on Capitol Hill, June 9, 2011.
The rally included addresses from Sens Jon Tester (D-MT) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). Following the rally, participants went to prearranged meetings to seek support of the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (HR 1546/S 829), legislation that would repeal the cap on outpatient rehabilitative services for Medicare beneficiaries, the Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act (HR 1426/S 975), and the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (HR 469).