Call for Poster Proposals 

Past Fires Fueling the Future

2020 Annual Training Conference

National Rehabilitation Association

Hosted by the Alabama Rehabilitation Association

September 9-13, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama


The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) and the Alabama Rehabilitation Association (ARA) invite your participation in the 2020 Annual Training Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, AL.  Poster Presentations will take place on September 12th.

The theme of the 2020 NRA Annual Training Conference is “Past Fires Fueling the Future”
All interested individuals, facilities, agencies and organizations, including NRA members and non-members, are invited to submit proposals for poster presentations. The NRA Program Committee will review and select submissions that consider the proposals’ contributions to a well-balanced program of interest to the members of the NRA, who represent public and private rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, hospitals, schools/universities, employers and other organizations serving the employment needs of individuals with disabilities.

All proposals will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria areas :  

Overall quality

Relevance to the field of rehabilitation

Well-defined focus that can be presented in a Poster format (Only for Poster Presentation Submissions)

Practical application of idea presented

Originality and timeliness of idea

Notification of proposal inclusion will be provided to the primary presenter by March 1, 2020.

Proposal Topic Areas (include but are not limited to): 

Assessment/Vocational Evaluation

Best Practice and Emerging Trends in Rehabilitation

Career Development 

Diversity and Cultural Consideration 

Education and Training Best Practice

Employment Strategies / Return to Work

Ethics (Please note that your proposal must clearly identify the specific ethical codes that will be discussed/explored in the presentation).

Evidence-Based Practices

Forensic Rehabilitation / Expert Witness

Job Placement and Development

Leadership Development 

Policy/Legislative Update, Training, Education and/or Reform

Pre-Employment Training Services

Rehabilitation Partnerships / Collaborations

Rehabilitation Services for Disability Specific Populations (SSA, SMI, ID/DD. Etc.)

Transition Services


Other, please explain. 

If you would like to propose a topic that has not been included in this list please contact Mary-Anne M. Joseph at

Presentation Proposal Submission Format

Please provide all of the following information in a Microsoft Office Word document and email to Mary-Anne M. Joseph at no later than 11:59pm EST on December 15, 2019.

Title of Presentation: 

The title of the presentation should not exceed 10 words.

Presentation Proposal Topic Area:

Please identify your proposal topic area from the list provided earlier in this document. 


Please provide a summary of your presentation. The summary should not exceed 75 words. This summary of your presentation will also be used in the conference program guide if your proposal is selected for presentation.


Please provide 3-5 presentation objectives in behavioral terms (objectives may aim to identify the problem, define potential new approach and develop strategies to implement).

Presenter Information: 

Please provide the following information for the Lead Presenter and all Co-Presenters: 



Telephone Number

Email Address 

Employer Name/School Name


Brief Biography (this should include a brief summary of the presenter’s educational background, vocational background and a brief description of their experience and or expertise in the area of the presentation topic.)

Accommodation Request(s):

Please describe any accommodations you require. 

Submit Your Proposal Through

Selected presenters are responsible for all lodging, travel, additional audiovisual equipment rental, and per diem costs associated with their participation in the conference. 

Contact Mary-Anne M. Joseph with questions via telephone at 704-569-9857 or via email at  

Complete your Submission