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2019 IARP Annual Conference – Call for Proposals
IARP Annual Conference 

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Deadline For Submission was Friday, March 15, 2019

The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) is soliciting proposals for presentations at the Annual Conference that will take place at the Hilton- Portland downtown Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

We are looking for proposals that educate members in rehabilitation-related methods and policies and introduce new ideas and skills, based on best practices and evidence-based research, for rehabilitation and life care planning professionals.

Who We Are

IARP is the premier career development association for professionals involved in private rehabilitation. Members of IARP are skilled and experienced in life care planning, disability management, forensics, and vocational rehabilitation transition services.

What We Are Looking For

We are expecting approximately 350 individuals to attend this Annual Conference. Attendees rely on the conference to discover best practices, learn about industry developments from recognized leaders and to network with their peers and service providers.


The audience consists of forensic rehabilitation experts, life care planners, case managers, disability managers, social security vocational experts and vocational rehabilitation transition service professionals. Some attendees will have been practicing for several decades while some are new to the rehabilitation field. Members hail from the fields of nursing, medicine, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, allied health (e.g., OT, PT, SLP) and others.

Presentation Format

We are seeking presenters for conferences sessions relevant to our membership. These sessions center on disability-relevant topics but may focus on employment for people with disabilities, medical case management practices, medical procedures and devices, transition service provision or related topics. Conference sessions demonstrate leadership in the field through member education in policies and procedures designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Sessions formats include:

Pre-Conference Workshops feature highly interactive, in-depth sessions on issues and disability-related topics and are two to four hours in length. These can feature from one to four speakers. These sessions are available Thursday October 31, 2019 only.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions feature single-subject educational sessions focused on disability-related topics that are approximately 75 minutes in length. These can feature from one to four speakers. These sessions are available Friday November 1 - Saturday November 2, 2019.

Panel Discussions focused on disability-related topics that are approximately 75 minutes in length. Panels can consist of two to five individuals. These sessions are available Friday November 1 - Saturday November 2, 2019.

About the Topics

The most successful topics are disability-related topics relevant to individuals engaged in service provision in the fields of rehabilitation and life care planning.  Topics have come from both broad and narrow themes.  Suggested topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Social Security Disability service provision
  • Best Practices in developing life care plans
  • Recent research and strategies in vocational rehabilitation
  • Trends in providing transition services
  • Employment projections for individuals with disabilities
  • Disability management techniques and methods
  • Ethics
  • Business practices
  • Developments in Prosthetics 
  • Marital Dissolution Evaluation Technique
  • Recent Research regarding Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Adult and pediatric loss of earnings capacity evaluation techniques
  • Life Care Planning: New Treatments and Technologies
  • Courtroom and Testimony Methods: Expert Witness
  • Young Professionals and Leadership Development
  • The Role of Medicinal Marijuana in rehabilitation
  • SSVE Practice/Laws/Regulations
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Vocational Assessments and Testing

Please note: Ethics continuing education units require the presenter to identify the specific codes and sections contained in the CDMS and CRCC Codes of Ethics which are applicable to the content of the presentation.

Review and Selection

The 2019 IARP Conference Education Committee will review and evaluate proposals based on the goals and objectives of the conference and the criteria below. Proposals must be submitted through the online Call for Proposals. IARP reserves the right to select all, some or none of the submitted proposals and to modify selected proposals to meet our programming objectives.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Clarity, quality, and organization of ideas
  • Speaker’s experience and knowledge of the subject matter
  • Timeliness and relevance of topic to current industry and professional trends and advancements
  • Potential to contribute to a well-balanced program
  • Usefulness, practicality, and vision of concept
  • In-depth presentation of a topic, not just an overview
  • Informative and substantive in nature – presentations must not sell, promote or pitch a specific product, service, organization or firm
  • Amount and quality of accompanying materials (e.g., examples, case studies, research, checklists, articles, recommended reading lists, etc.)

General Guidelines

Speakers, Co-Speakers, and Panelists
Each proposal should be completed by the primary speaker. While co-presenters are welcome and provide additional perspectives, please limit your co-presenters to a maximum of four (4). All correspondence will be sent to the primary speaker, who is then responsible for informing co-speakers of pertinent information.

Presentation and Handouts
Handouts should be provided for each presentation. The primary speaker or designate is responsible for submission of all handout materials. Speakers must not directly promote their own business, products or services and declare any conflicts of interest at the time of proposal submission. Speakers are responsible for submitting handouts in accordance with the timelines established in speaker materials. 

Speaker Compensation
IARP does not provide honoraria for conference presenters; however, speakers will receive a 50% discount on the conference registration fee. All travel expenses and any additional fees are the responsibility of the presenter. Primary speakers must inform all co-speakers of this policy.

Deadline For Submissions was Friday, March 15, 2019

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