United Spinal Association policy staff participated in a briefing on the National Institutes of Health’s new rehabilitation research plan now being implemented across the agency to which United Spinal has provided ongoing input.

The plan focusses on rehabilitation across the lifespan; community and family; technology use and development; research design and methodology; translational science; and, building research capacity and infrastructure all of which are important to the United Spinal community.

The chief architects and sponsors of H.R. 1631, Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH Act, Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI-2), and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS-3) both attended the briefing. They also co-chair the Congressional Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus.

Both Mr. Langevin and Mr. Harper (R-MS-3) shared how disabilities have touched their lives personally. They each addressed the importance of rehabilitation research to the quality of life and future independence of individuals in the disability community. Their legislation was included in the recently enacted 21st Century Cures Act which United Spinal advocated for and which we included as one of our priorities at our Roll on Capitol Hill this year.

A consumer-advocate, Joshua Rouch, who lives with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury and went through extensive rehabilitation provided his personal experience of how quickly things can change and all the work that goes into rehabilitation.

United Spinal Association was proud to cosponsor this briefing.

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