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Our History

When the “Council” was formed in 1969 as a voice within NRA, the National Association of Non-White Rehabilitation Workers (NANWRW) was formed as a separate non for profit association independent of NRA. NANWRW, was an advocate for issues and programs that were of concern to non white members and non white persons with disabilities. The “Council” and NANWRW advocated both inside and outside of NRA and were effective in increasing the representation of non white persons in the rehabilitation community.

The impact of the “Council” and its leaders may be seen in increased participation of non-whites in the RSA & NIDRR peer review process, advocacy for establishment of Section 21 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the establishment of an R & T Center at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to the establishment of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), the “Council” also hosted luncheons, receptions and separate training at the annual NRA conference for its members. NANWRW representation on CORE was subsequently given to NAMRC through a special partnership.

Today, NAMRC has representation on the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification, CORE Commission on Standards and Accreditation for Undergraduates, and CORE Commission on Standards and Accreditation for Graduates. NAMRC also took a leadership role in the formation of the NCRE Council on Diversity and Equity, and has been an active partner in inter-organizational planning groups such as the CORE Summit and Rehabilitation Mega Conference and other organizations essential to the profession of rehabilitation.

We believe all people can embrace who they are.

Our Mission






NAMRC Call for Nominations 

Board Members & Officer Positions

Members interested in serving NAMRC are invited to seek election as an Officer, to the Board of Directors, or to volunteer for service on a committee. Elections will be held late July to elect  general board members, Student Representative and Treasurer on the Board of Directors.  NAMRC members may self-nominate or nominate other members of the Association. Unless otherwise noted, service on the board will be for a two year term running from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2025.

NAMRC Board Member and Officer Eligibility:

All Directors must have been a member of the Association and NRA for at least one year prior to the date of election, or since the last NAMRC’s Annual Business Meeting. Please visit NAMRC Bylaws 2015 for full description of eligibility.

NAMRC 2024-2025 Board of Directors Election Coming Soon **Eligibility** 

• Membership in NRA and NAMRC for at least one year prior to date of election

• Have served on a NAMRC or other rehabilitation or related organization board or committee at national, state, or local level


President - Elect (1 year)

• Assume the duties of the President in his/her absence

• Serve on the Executive Committee

• Preside over board meetings as chairperson

Board Member at Large (3 seats)

• Attend monthly Association’s Board meetings

• Serve on one of NAMRC’s standing committees

• Assist with the planning of the annual conference

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“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try."

- Rosa Park

We Need Your Support Today!

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