Endorsements & Opposition
- The American Physical Therapy Association: "If passed into law, these changes would represent a real move forward for rehabilitation research and its ability to transform lives." The APTA was in support of the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations, which are reflected in the legislation.
- American Occupational Therapy Association: "Advancing rehabilitation research is critical to ensuring that all Americans living with illness, disability, or injury will receive the most innovative and effective therapy available.”
- Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago: "Coordination at the NIH is long overdue, and this legislation is a milestone for rehabilitation research."
- American Heart Association: “Research into medical rehabilitation can help find new ways to improve recovery from stroke – a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.”
- The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition, a coalition of national non-profit organizations committed to improving the state of rehabilitation and disability, also endorses the legislation.
- The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine supports the legislation and worked with members of Congress to develop it.
- Over 500 expert members of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation signed a letter in support of S 800.
- As of February 15, 2016 there have not been any public statements opposing the bill.
Thomas Williams, JD, MBE & Aubrey Incorvaia, MPP