The Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association (PRA) is committed to the advancement of rehabilitation to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of our society. PRA is pleased to offer our community the opportunity to learn about issues in disability and rehabilitation, and to become empowered to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. PRA is a private, voluntary, membership association comprised of professionals from a variety of disciplines, persons with disabilities, their families, students, and other interested citizens

2019 PRA Board Members Lto R Ralph Roach, Wil Stennet, Janell Shaffer-Yoder, Bridget Sandrowicz, Sue Soderberg, Carl Marshal, Jen Radick, Traice Maille-2019 President, Katherine Young, Janet Fiore, Danielle Frascella, Doug Rand, Amy Moore, and Jeff Seabury.

It is the purpose of PRA to:

Encourage and foster the recruitment, professional growth, and retention of qualified, competent, dedicated personnel in the field of rehabilitation.

Promote the development of best practices in the delivery of rehabilitation services to people with disabilities

Educate our community about disability

Advocate for the public policy to support full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society

Recent News

PA OVR Awarded SWTCIE Grant

October 14, 2022

Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association is happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (PA OVR) was awarded a grant from The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) – Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) Innovative Model Demonstration Project. With $14 Million Federal Grant, Wolf Administration to…

Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute FALL 2022 NEWSLETTER Volume 22, Issue 2 August 2022 SERVICE | RESEARCH | EDUCATION

September 8, 2022

Written by Kyle Walker: I am a proud Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. It seems trendy to drop vocational from Rehabilitation Counseling. But, I embrace that part of my professional identity unapologetically. Vocational is not a dirty word. Vocational is the heart of what I do and is central to the human experience.   Vocational comes from…

Register Now for October Lunch & Learn: Domestic Violence Among People with Disabilities

August 31, 2022

Domestic Violence Among People with Disabilities  PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) provides training and technical assistance to programs and stakeholders with a focus on survivor-led and trauma-informed services to unserved and underserved survivors, oversees statewide prevention initiatives, and collaborates with allied professionals to develop and maintain community partnerships to enhance comprehensive services to these…

Register Now for the July Lunch & Learn

June 13, 2022

Alopecia Areata and Cosmetic Health Conditions: Implications for VR and Quality of Life This webinar will be held via zoom at NO COST and is pre-approved for 1 CRC credit! This presentation will focus on the implications of living with cosmetic health conditions with a specific focus on alopecia areata. The presenter will discuss his…

Register Now for Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Youth Mental Health First Aid

April 28, 2022

Introduction to “YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID” Youth MHFA Flyer This Lunch & Learn is a webinar that introduces you to the full training for Youth Mental Health First Aid.  This webinar will be held via zoom at NO COST and is pre-approved for 1 CRC credit! Objective #1: Learn what Youth Mental Health First Aid…

REGISTER NOW for the PRA Annual PDI!

March 24, 2022

2022 PDI Register Now-FINAL 2022 Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association- Virtual Professional Development Institute Join us for this exciting VIRTUAL  one-day annual educational event, targeted to rehabilitation professionals, employers, educators, counselors, and disability related organizations to enhance their professional growth and skills.  Click Link above (2022 PDI Register Now- Final) for Event Agenda and Keynote Speaker Bio’s. …

PRA Celebrates National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day

March 22, 2022

Happy National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day! 

2022 PRA Annual Presidents Message

February 8, 2022

February 1, 2022 As we begin a new year, I would like to take a few minutes to share with you some of the great things we have been able to accomplish in 2021 along with some of the strategic plans for 2022. The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact so many families, organizations and business…

Register Now! October Lunch & Learn: NDEAM Employer Panel

September 23, 2021

Please consider joining us for the PRA Lunch & Learn on October 13, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  To register, email to ask to be put on the list and participate in the Lunch & Learn.  The Zoom Link will be sent on Tuesday 10/12/2021 in advance of the webinar. “NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) Employer…

Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Mourns the Passing of Bender President, Mary Brougher

August 14, 2021

August 13, 2021 Contact: Sherry Lapaglia (412) 787-8567 PRESS RELEASE Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Mourns the Passing of Bender President, Mary Brougher It is with great sadness and loss that Bender Consulting Services announces the passing of Bender President and lifelong disability rights advocate, Mary Brougher. Over these past few days, Mary was doing one…