Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

American Association on Health and Disability

I am on the mailing list of the AAHD. While I know little about the organization, it seems to be one that RTs could related to.

Here is information from the AAHD website:

The mission of AAHD is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to prevent additional health complications in people with disabilities, and to identify effective intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and the health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, education and advocacy.

AAHD Vision
AAHD is dedicated to the advancement of theory, knowledge and practice in the prevention of secondary disabling conditions and promotion of health and wellness for people with disabilities.

AAHD’s method includes professional and public education, advocacy efforts, and expansion of public awareness on issues related to the prevention of impairments and disabilities. In addition, AAHD plans to 1) establish a national clearinghouse for ideas, information and resources, 2) create an intramural and extramural program of research and development, 3) develop a newsletter for consumers and professionals, and 4) maintain a program of workshops and conferences in order to disseminate new and emerging information about the prevention of additional health complications and health promotion and wellness initiatives for persons with disabilities.

This vision will be accomplished through:

The endeavors of its members at the federal, state and community levels;
A process of continuous information gathering and dissemination;
A commitment to better health services and improved quality of life for persons with disabilities.


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