NRRTS woos users with scholarships

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

TRINIDAD, Colo. --NRRTS has a plan to boost the number of consumers who attend this year’s Complex Rehab Education and Legislative Forum (CELA): scholarships.

NRRTS announced last month that it would provide matching funds to complex rehab providers who bring consumers to CELA. NRRTS, with support from the event’s sponsors, will contribute up to $500 for each consumer’s travel and lodging expenses and provide free registration to participating consumers and providers.

“Money is really tight right now,” said Weesie Walker, president of NRRTS and manager of National Seating and Mobility’s Atlanta branch. “We’re trying to help suppliers bring people to Washington.”

NRRTS, NCART and the University of Pittsburgh will hold CELA April 21-23 in Baltimore in conjunction with the HME Expo & Conference.
The scholarships are available to people of all ages and diagnoses nationwide, said Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS.

Consumers will share stories about how access (or lack of access) to rehab and assistive technology products has affected their lives. It’s not necessarily a time for the industry to lobby against funding cuts, Margolis said.

“I would hate to go in and turn this opportunity to provide some education about disability to a new administration into (a discussion about the 9.5% nationwide reimbursement cut),” he said.

Scholarship applications are available at