WRA is a member organization Committed to the promotion of ethical and excellent practice in rehabilitation, Through collaboration, education and advocacy.
The improvement and extension of rehabilitation services to include the welfare of persons with disabilities; the improvement of standards of professional workers who serve persons with disabilities; encouragement of adequate facilities for treatment, education, and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities; education of the community to the problems of persons with disabilities; and sponsorship of such programs and activities that may directly or indirectly advance their welfare. Exercising leadership in identifying the needs of individuals with disabilities, interpreting these needs to society, planning and promoting programs designed to meet these needs, and translating such programs into services at the community level. Identifying the essential elements in the practice of rehabilitation and fostering the development and application of standards which will help to assure effective services to people with disabilities. Exercising leadership in developing concepts and practices which will foster interagency and interprofessional activity directed toward helping individuals with disabilities increase their ability to function. Encouraging the entry of competent and humanitarian individuals to the rehabilitation professions and fostering training opportunities to make them effective practitioners. Encouraging the search for improved methods and techniques in the organization, administration, and practice of rehabilitation and fostering the dissemination and evaluation of such findings. Exercising leadership in removing environmental and legal barriers and overcoming discrimination which keeps individuals with disabilities from living normal lives and enjoying the rights and benefits that should be the heritage of every American citizen. Providing the medium through which its members can express their views concerning the procedures and policies of WRA, GLR, and NRA. Assuming a responsible position to assist in the formation of the guidance to its local chapters in accordance with the WRA and NRA Constitution and Bylaws. Article III - Definitions
For the purposes of this Constitution:
NRA shall mean the National Rehabilitation Association, Inc. ASSOCIATION shall mean the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association, Inc. REGION shall mean the Great Lakes Region of NRA. GLR shall mean the Great Lakes Region of NRA. CHAPTER shall mean the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association. LOCAL CHAPTER or STUDENT CHAPTER shall mean a group of individuals affiliated with WRA in a geographical area within the state designated as a local chapter or student chapter by the WRA to carry out the functions and responsibilities under the Constitution and Bylaws of this Association. DIVISION shall mean any organized interest group officially recognized and approved by the NRA. BOARD shall mean the Board of Directors of the WRA. Article IV - Membership
All Wisconsin members of the NRA in good standing may become members in this Association.
No member of the NRA shall be denied membership in this Association or any organizational unit of this Association because of race, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Article V - Meetings
There shall be at least one announced general membership business meeting during the calendar year, to be announced at the latest by November 1st.
Special meetings of the general membership may be called by the President; or, in his/her absence, by the President-Elect or the Vice-President on approval of the Executive Committee or upon petition of 10% of the eligible membership of the Association.
A quorum to do business at any regular or special meeting shall consist of 10% of the members known to the Membership Chairperson.
Article VI - Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall serve as the Association's policy making body and shall be responsible for carrying on the affairs of the Association except those actions which rest on the membership as stated in the Constitution and Bylaws.
The Board of Directors shall consist of:
The elected officers (President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, two Board Members at Large and one Consumer Board Member at Large).
The immediate Past President.
A member designated by each local or student chapter.
A member designated by each approved Division.
The Chairperson of each standing committee.
The ex-officio members employed in or living in the chapter area: (1) any national elected officer of NRA, (2) any regional elected office of the GLR, (3) any regional representative of NRA, (4) any national elected officer of an NRA Division, (5) any regional elected officer of an NRA Division, (6) the regional representative of the Council of Chapter Presidents, (7) one representative designated annually by each of the NRA established Councils having state representation. An ex-officio member designated by a local or student chapter which has been accredited between the annual meetings to provide immediate representation. For purposes of establishing a board meeting quorum, the voting membership of the Board shall consist of the elected officers plus the Presidents of all active (defined as having current elected officers) chapters and divisions. Section 3.
Powers of the Board. The Board shall conduct the affairs of the Association in the interval between annual meetings. The Board shall be the policy making body of this Association and shall ensure that its policies are not in conflict with those of NRA. The Board may call special elections when deemed necessary and upon a unanimous decision. Section 4.
Composition: There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and immediate Past President. Powers of the Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall perform such functions as necessary to assure the orderly operation of the Association which have been delegated to it by the Board of Directors. Section 5.
The Secretary of the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association shall serve as Historian for the Association and present a previous year's history to the board no later than the first board meeting following the Secretary's term. Section 6.
Filling the Vacancies of Officers. President: If the position of President should become vacant, the Vice-President shall assume the Presidency and complete the remainder of that term. Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer: If the positions of Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer should become vacant, the vacancies shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board. President-Elect: If the position of President Elect should become vacant a special election by the membership shall be held to fill the vacancy. Section 7.
Officers and Duties.
The Officers of the Association shall be the President, Immediate Past-President, President Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The duties of these officers shall be those pertaining to such positions, including the following specific duties assigned to each office: – less–ZoomInfo