Inclusive Rehabilitation Sciences

Contact Us

Patrick Krolik
Administrative Coordinator
University of Memphis Institute on Disability, 100 Ball Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901-678-4303

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.

COVID-19 Response

Important Information

What is Inclusive Rehabilitation Sciences?

Inclusive rehabilitation sciences educational programs that prepare rehabilitation generalists focus on the nature, meaning, consequences, and impact of impairment and disability, while exploring the environmental, personal, vocational, historical, culture, economic, physiological, socio-political, and geo-political dynamics that affect individuals. Rehabilitation generalists are informed from multiple perspectives (disability studies,  rehabilitation counseling, health sciences, social sciences, psychology, rehabilitation engineering, therapeutic recreation, art therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other related fields). Utilizing these multiple perspectives, rehabilitation generalist are trained to work as part of a team to assist individuals to attain and maintain desired independence and quality of life in all aspects of life (physical, psychological, social, educational, and vocational). Rehabilitation generalists understand that persons with disabilities not only direct the rehabilitation team, but also determine what desired independence and quality of life means for them. Work settings in which graduates may work include independent living centers, workforce centers, social security providers, case management agencies ,and other agencies that work with individuals with disabilities. Some graduates may continue in graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and 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
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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