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Community

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  

Margaret Mead
At the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, the student is involved in the acquisition, production and sharing of knowledge with individuals and agencies outside the confines of the University walls. Training at the graduate level can only be accomplished through partnerships with local, national and international communities and our School embraces these collaborations at every level.

Locally, we are fortunate enough to have very competent and experienced preceptors as an integral part of our team.  These devoted professionals spend countless hours not only supervising our students but taking part in their clinical education, helping them apply the theoretical knowledge to practical situations. Furthermore, these talented partners help shape the direction of our programs by being involved in various School administrative committees such as those pertaining to the curriculum or admissions. At other levels they are involved in clinical research, working with our faculty in producing knowledge for the future practice of the rehabilitation professions.  The “Interprofessional University Clinic in Primary Health Care in Rehabilitation” is a prime example of how our School has positioned itself as a leader in the community.  Working closely with area health centers, it complements the clinical needs of the local population by offering rehabilitation services in an interprofessional context with partners, researchers, local clinicians and students.

Nationally, our members are involved in many Canada-wide research teams and task forces.  These rehabilitation professionals collaborate with other researchers, policy makers and consumers across Canada and within the provinces to lobby for the development of funds and policies relevant to the rehabilitation community.  We find them sitting on national professional associations, shaping the future of specific rehabilitation professions or on funding agencies’ committees influencing the direction for rehabilitation research. You will find our members partnering with other health scientists and clinicians to address key national and global issues.

Besides being involved on similar committees at the international level and having professors of international stature, the School encourages its students to accept placements in remote areas of our country and in other countries.  Some of these exchanges might involve travel to industrialized countries.  Others, under the direction of one of our professors, might involve developing community rehabilitation initiatives in developing countries. 

The School of Rehabilitation Sciences takes its role seriously as a venue for the advancement of the knowledge base for the future practice of the professions of Audiologists, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Speech-language Pathologist.  Partnering with various community groups, the School continues to grow as a leader in the production and dissemination of knowledge to improve the quality of life of individuals who live with the consequences of disease, disorder or trauma.