The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association encourages an interdisciplinary team approach among all professionals who provide rehabilitative services to individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Following is a listing of North America-based (US & Canada) and international professional associations and organizations where you can find additional information about these professionals and the services they offer.
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American Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is the national professional society representing licensed naturopathic doctors. The AANP’s physician members are graduates of naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Members also include naturopathic medicine students and other health care professionals.
American Academy of Neurology
Mission: To promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care and enhance member career satisfaction.
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. It is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. Fellows of the AANS are board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, A.C.
American Neurological Association
The American Neurological Association is a professional society of academic neurologists and neuroscientists devoted to advancing the goals of academic neurology; to training and educating neurologists and other physicians in the neurologic sciences; and to expanding both our understanding of diseases of the nervous system and our ability to treat them.
International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation
The International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR) promotes, protects and advances interdisciplinary scientific and clinical Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation Sciences at the national and international levels. The Mission of IAFNR is to support and present world class research in the area of Functional Neurology.
International Brain Injury Association
The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury.
Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association
The purpose of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) is to improve treatment and outcomes for patients with neuromuscular dysfunction by providing advanced therapist education that improves skills in assessment, evaluation and salient, functional treatment. The vision of NDTA is to advance utilization of the NDT Practice Model through clinical intervention, education, and research so that clients with neuromuscular dysfunction can participate in life to their fullest potential.
American Nutrition Association
The American Nutrition Association is a non-profit organization on a mission to promote optimal health through nutrition education.
The American Occupational Therapy Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional association that represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. Current AOTA membership is approximately 60,000, including occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students
American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. The mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is to protect sight and empower lives by serving as an advocate for patients and the public, leading ophthalmic education, and advancing the profession of ophthalmology.
American Optometric Association
The American Optometric Association is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students.
College of Optometrists in Vision Development
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists., COVD provides board certification for optometrists and vision therapists who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art services in: Behavioral and Developmental vision care, Vision Therapy, and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.
The Optometric Extension Program Foundation
The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international organization* dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of optometry through the gathering and dissemination of information on vision and the visual process.
College of Syntonic Optometry
The College of Syntonic Optometry is an active and growing post-graduate educational organization with branches in Australia, Europe, Mexico, and Great Britain. Established in 1933, its members include optometrists and other health professionals and supporters from around the world. Those who achieve a clinical level of experience and mastery are awarded the status of Fellow.
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. The Academy is the primary medical society for the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation .
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) is one of 18 specialty sections within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Its mission is to serve neurologic physical therapy providers and to advance evidence-based practice, education, and research in neurologic physical therapy. There are seven special interest groups within the Academy which include Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility, Balance and Falls, Brain Injury, Degenerative Diseases, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke and Vestibular Rehabilitation. These special interest groups provide a forum to discuss advances in practice and the challenges of patient care within these specialty areas.
American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
The Brain Injury Special Interest Group of APTA
The Brain Injury Special Interest Group of APTA provides an avenue for communication among clinicians, educators, and researchers regarding brain injury rehabilitation. This Special Interest Group also acts as a liaison between interested members of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy/APTA and other organizations with interest in brain injury rehabilitation.
The Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of APTA
The Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group (VR SIG) is a component of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Its membership focus is centered on supporting the practice of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who treat patients with vestibular related disorders. By providing a network of collaboration and education the group fosters opportunities to highlight and build solid foundations of clinical practice to provide care and management of persons with vestibular deficits and related balance and movement disorders.
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) is the national medical specialty organization representing more than 9,000 physicians who are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Physiatrists utilize cutting‐edge as well as time‐tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.
The National Rehabilitation Association
The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) is the oldest professional member organization in the United States that advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities while also promoting high quality, ethical, and collaborative practice across the rehabilitation profession. The NRA is comprised of counselors, educators, researchers, and diverse agents of community integration.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
The International Sports Vision Association
An organization of Optometrists, Athletic Trainers, Therapists, Physicians or Sports Teams dedicated to evaluating, training and improving vision performance in athletes. The focus of the organization is to promote prevention of sports vision injuries, vision enhancement therapy, prevention and treatment of concussive injuries for athletes, contact lenses and other eyewear options for athletes.
The Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists
Provides Australian, New Zealand and Asian optometrists with education and training in behavioural optometry.
Behavioral Optometry Academy Foundation
The Behavioral Optometry Academy Foundation (BOAF) is a network of highly qualified and interdisciplinary open minded Optometrists, with a specialist interest in how vision affects human performance. Because BOAF is a multilingual organization this website is featured with "Google-Translate". But, it also provides three separate language sections: German, Italian and English.
British Association of Behavioral Optometry
The British Association of Behavioural Optometrists is a network of highly qualified and motivated Optometrists, with a specialist interest in how vision affects human performance.
Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation
Dedicated to enhancing optometric education and public awareness of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation to improve the lives of our patients.
Consejo Mexicano de Optimetria Funcional
The Council of Functional Optometry is an international organization of optometrists, visual therapists, professionals from related fields and students.
Sociedad Internacional de Optometria del Desarrollo y del Comportamiento (Madrid)
Non-profit association of optometrists who work under the behavioral philosophy, dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of visual problems of children and adults and their relationship with the activities that take place daily.
Societá Optometrica Italiana
Technical-scientific association with the aim of promoting the development and diffusion of optometric culture and responsible practice.