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Senators Commended by Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition


Kirk-Johnson Rehabilitation Improvement Act spotlights importance of advancing rehabilitation research at NIH

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) were commended yesterday by the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) for their work on behalf of people with injuries, illnesses, disabilities, and chronic conditions. The Brain Injury Association of America, which is a member of the DRRC, supported the commendation.  

In May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month, Sens. Kirk and Johnson introduced S.1027, the Kirk-Johnson Rehabilitation Improvement Act. The legislation is designed to improve, coordinate, and enhance rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) without authorizing new spending.

The bill calls for eliminating duplication in research by establishing a working group within NIH to update and streamline rehabilitation priorities, enhances future research by training and promoting interagency cooperation between NIH and other agencies, and modernizes existing language to reflect the recent growth and need in therapy innovation.

The DRRC endorsed the legislation and commended Sens. Kirk and Johnson for their bipartisan introduction of this important legislation to spotlight the importance of advancing rehabilitation research at NIH and across other federal agencies.

Last month the two senators introduced S. 1220, the Preserving Rehabilitation Centers Act of 2013. The bill designates a national network of inpatient rehabilitation facilities that are leaders in research and care for individuals with complex rehabilitation needs.


The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education, and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope, and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. 



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