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  Links to Helpful Rehabilitation and Assistive Organization's Websites  
  ReTech has been an industry leader in the field of assistive technology for over 20 years. As such we have made a lot of good friends that do good work in the field of assistive technology. Below is a list of some of the partners and organizations we have associated with over the past 20 years.  
     
  Not for Profit Organizations  
     
  The Ralph Braun Foundation
The Ralph Braun Foundation is being created for a simple purpose: to provide accessible transportation to individuals and organizations who do not have financial resources or budget. Sadly, many people who need mobility have no means to pay for it. Medicaid and Medicare sometimes offer funding for wheelchairs, but two wheels will only get you so far. Wheelchair accessible vans open the door (and lower the ramp) to the rest of the world.
http://ralphbraunfoundation.net/
 
     
  Vertical Horizons
The primary objective of Vertical Horizons is to raise awareness, and to create environments in which people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can relate to each other and get needed support to focus on their abilities not their disability. The organization's main focus is to uplift the spirits of individuals living with spinal cord injuries.
http://www.verticalhorizonny.org/index.shtml
 
     
  Burton Blatt Institute - Center for Effective Rehabilitation Technology (BBI-CERT)
CERT is expected to have a national impact by generating new knowledge on the systematic supports needed for effective RT/AT service delivery, promoting changes at state and local levels through replication of effective practices, improving sustainable collaborations among key stakeholders, and improving informed decision-making to better match RT/AT with the individual’s needs and preferences.
http://bbi.syr.edu/projects/cert/cert.htm
 
     
  State Agencies  
     
  New York State Adult and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of services that may be needed by persons with disabilities.
http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/
 
     
  Ohio Rehab Services Commission (ORSC)
The RSC state agency partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment, independence and Social Security disability confirmation. By working with partners in private business, government, educational and non-profit sectors, RSC vocational rehabilitation teams guide youth with disabilities to career preparation opportunities. RCS also works with people who become disabled in mid-career and advises companies about disability management and workplace solutions. Doing so allows companies to recruit talented professionals and retain valuable employees.
http://www.rsc.ohio.gov/default.htm
 
 
 
Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) is a program of the Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS). This agency provides quality individualized services designed to enhance and support people with disabilities. Primary goals are to prepare people for, and to obtain or retain employment. Through active participation in their rehabilitation, people with disabilities achieve a greater level of independence in their work place and living environments.
http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2636.htm
     
  Professional Organizations  
     
  The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
ADED's functional services will be accomplished through educational conferences, professional development programs, research support, legislative efforts, and encouraging equipment development to maximize transportation options for persons with disabilities.
http://www.driver-ed.org/
 
     
  Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
RESNA is a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology related to disabilities. RESNA contributes to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice pertaining to rehabilitation and assistive technology so that all citizens can achieve the highest quality of life.
http://resna.org/
 
     
  National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals. This organization is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and assisting them with driving independence through the use of wheelchair accessible vans, truck and cars.
http://www.nmeda.com/
 
   
 
spacer American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through the development and setting of standards, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.
http://www.aota.org/
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SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners who advance self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.
http://www.sae.org/
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