About NCRE

The National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) is a professional organization of educators dedicated to quality services for persons with disabilities through education and research. NCRE advocates up-to-date education and training and the maintenance of professional standards in the field of rehabilitation.

Our organization was formed in 1955 and has evolved into the leading professional association for rehabilitation educators in the 21st Century. NCRE has grown to represent over 100 institutions of higher education and 400 individual members. Membership is diverse and is composed of Institutional Rehabilitation Academic Programs, Professional Educators, Rehabilitation Counselors, Trainers, Researchers, Rehabilitation Students, and other professionals primarily concerned with the preparation and maintenance of professional standards for individual who provide service to persons who are disabled.

What Makes NCRE Unique?

NCRE offers two national conferences annually, and is the only national organization representing rehabilitation education and research providing a forum where unified positions can be state on issues involving training priorities, federal funding, and research activities in our field. Administrators and practitioners from both private and public service agencies are also members of NCRE. Elected representatives from the ten Federal RSA Regions of the United States meet twice each year during the Fall and Spring conferences to deliberate and discuss matters affecting training programs and services to persons with disabilities.

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of membership include national identification and recognition as a program or individual involved in the specialization training/research field of rehabilitation.

Activities of the Council include communication with other educators/researchers on matters such as training/workshop opportunities, curriculum improvements, recruitment of students, coordination of research, professional standards, employment of graduates, and sources of funding.

In addition, all members receive a copy of the official quarterly journal of NCRE, Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, one copy of the NCRE Membership Directory, which includes Institutional Rehabilitation Academic Programs to include demographic information, faculty and staff associated with the program(s) offered and unique features of the program.

We list all individuals members, to include their respective titles and institutional or agency affiliation, and student members to include their academic affiliation.

Individual members are eligible to vote in elections and hold elective office to be a regional representative for three years or 2nd VP and serve on the executive committee for four years. Students are eligible to vote and serve as Student Representative for two years on the board of directors. Institutional, individual and student members are eligible for reduced rates at NCRE conferences.

Members who join the Listserv receive the NCRE President’s announcements, legislative updates, newsletters, notification of workshops and training opportunities, job announcements, NIDRR and RSA announcements, NCRE and other professional conference information, along with administrative office updates.

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  • J. Chad Duncan

    Dr. J. Chad Duncan,
  • Noel Estrada-Hernandez

    Dr. Noel Estrada-Hernández,
    1st Vice President

  • Dr. Michael Accordino,
    2nd Vice President
Maureen McGuire-Kuletz

Dr. Maureen McGuire-Kuletz,
Past President