Inclusive Rehabilitation Sciences

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Regina Robertson
Administrative Coordinator

About Us

The Committee on Rehabilitation Accreditation (CoRA),  under the auspices of CAAHEP, promotes and advances the quality of educational programs for inclusive rehabilitation sciences.

Purpose of CoRA

1. Develop, maintain, and revise accreditation standards for quality IRSE (Inclusive Rehabilitation Sciences) education programs

2. Support the development and continuous improvement of IRSE programs by following defined and clearly communicated accreditation standards and procedures.

3. Systematically gather and use data from stakeholders to guide the revision and continuous improvement of accreditation standards and procedures.


National Rehabilitation Counseling Association

CoRA's accreditation services are provided by professionals who are specifically trained in curriculum and standards for rehabilitation accreditation. Accreditation procedures and guidelines are driven by CAAHEP policy and supported by the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA). NRCA serves as CoRA's sponsoring organization and a NRCA representative serves on the Committee on Rehabilitation Accreditation.

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Important Information

What is Inclusive Rehabilitation Sciences?

Inclusive rehabilitation sciences programs prepare professionals with an understanding of the nature and impact of impairment and disability, as well as the various environmental, personal, vocational, historical, cultural, economic, physiological, socio-political, and geo-political factors.

Inclusive Disability Specialists are trained to work collaboratively as part of a team, utilizing multiple perspectives to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving and maintaining their desired level of independence and quality of life across all aspects of life - physical, psychological, social, educational, and vocational. They recognize that individuals with disabilities are the primary decision-makers in their rehabilitation and respect their autonomy and preferences.

Graduates of inclusive rehabilitation sciences programs may work in a variety of settings, including independent living centers, workforce centers, social security providers, case management agencies, and other organizations that serve people with disabilities. Some may choose to pursue advanced degrees in rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, or other related fields.

Board Members

Dr. Penny Willmering, CRC, LPC, FNRCA, CHP-CoRA Co-Chair
Dr. David Perry, CRC, CoRA Co-Chair
Dr. Michelle Marmé, CRC, LCPC, NRCA Commissioner
Dr. Chrisann Schiro-Geist, CRC, CoRA Treasurer
Dr. Karen Barrett, CoRA Social Media Consultant
Dr. Alan Bruce, CoRA International Consultant
Dr. J. Chad Duncan, CRC, CPO, CoRA Committee Member
Dr. Benjamin Jenkins, CRC, CoRA Committee Member
Patrick Krolick, MBA, CoRA Committee Member
Dr. Regina Robertson, CRC, LPC, CoRA Committee Member

Helpful Documents

We are currently working on an Accreditation Manual to serve both Program Directors and Site Visitors. Watch this space!

Upcoming Events

Questions about site visits, self-studies, and the new Standards? Watch this space for site visitor and program director virtual trainings!



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