Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders
An important goal of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association is to inspire tomorrow's leaders. These leaders are a diverse group of people from all ages and backgrounds. Our goal here is to provide PRA members and prospective members with information to develop and enhance a career in the world of rehabilitation. Careers in rehabilitation can include counseling, support services, education and administration. Career opportunities abound in the public and private sectors, and our members can be found in for-profit, non-profit and government organizations.
We are dedicated to assisting students, those currently employed in rehabilitation and those considering such a career to learn about our profession, accreditation, ethics, and the various professional certifications and educational options. Ultimately, those we serve and our profession itself benefit from members who are dedicated to the highest principles and engage in a process of professional advocacy and continuous education.
PRA also nurtures and supports tomorrow's leaders by providing a professional association where members can learn, network and advocate for excellence in rehabilitation services. Annual awards made to graduate and undergraduate student leaders as well as the Dr. Ralph Pacinelli Leadership Award attest to our efforts to nurture and support the leaders of tomorrow. For a list of all award-winners, please visit our Awards page.
PRA maintains an active and aggressive legislative and advocacy program targeted to the provision of quality services, supports and outcomes for all individuals with disabilities. PRA believes in the adage that “All politics is local” and that targeted, relevant and needed change is initiated through a well-informed network of consumers, providers, professionals and other committed stakeholders.
PRA has carefully crafted the building blocks for a rapid response legislative and advocacy system: solid mission statement, appropriate goals and objectives, strategic plan and insightful and determined leadership. Also, PRA recognizes and embraces that the key elements to an effective system for change are: disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action. To this end, PRA uses timely issuances, training seminars and institutes, networking and coalition building to achieve the greater good for consumers, providers and professional rehabilitation personnel.
Achieving change in Rehabilitation is an arduous process. To succeed, PRA must be strong, dedicated, persistent and willing to work hard. The organization and its individual members who have accurate, useful, well-packaged and hard-hitting information can exercise great power in the legislative, regulatory and policymaking arena.