Florida is very fortunate to have a very active volunteer base. Within Florida, we have four specific regions and boards (Districts), for over 200 members. Our state and local boards are divided into committees to address the mission statements of IARP.
The Legislative committee has been very active with the Bureau, lobbyist, and legislators, having a significant impact in Workers' Compensation Law.
Training & Education
The Training and Education Committees of each district is usually hosting approximately two seminars each year to assist the members in further professional development. Each Regional district has increased their interactions with local graduate schools to participate in an Advisory Board capacity to assist the graduates entering our field. There is an initiative to develop an internship program with the graduate school programs as well.
Standards & Ethics
The Standards and Ethics Committees have developed a program for IARP members to review any ethical concerns that come up in our practice.
Our Membership Committees have developed IARP Directories, which are distributed at all conferences and gatherings to promote IARP and its membership.
Organizational Relations Committees have been a strong part of promoting IARP. Development of graduate school liaison, updating students through school rehabilitation newsletters, and developing local and regional relationships with other rehabilitation educators to promote private sector rehab have been initiated.
Also related to the Organizational Relations Committee, follow-up with our regulatory agency, Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Services, has been initiated both at a regional and state level. Liaison with the Florida Occupational Nurses Association has also been a significant benefit to many of our members. In addition, the Organizational Relations Committee has recommended sponsoring the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Mentor day for high school students with disabilities. The districts are also very active with Friends of 440, a scholarship fund for children of injured employees, who may not have otherwise been able to go to college.
Business League Registration
The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Inc. Florida Chapter is registered as a 501(c)(6) - Business Leagues, Chamber of Commerce, or Board of Trade, Real Estate Board. The Florida Chapter was registered under the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Inc., Group Exemption Number 9121.
501(c)(6), Simple Definition:
A business league is an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote such common interest and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit. Trade associations and professional associations are business leagues. To be an exempt, a business league's activities must be devoted to improving business conditions of one or more lines of business as distinguished from performing particular services for individual persons. No part of a business league's net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and it may not be organized for profit to engage in an activity ordinarily carried on for profit (even if the business is operated on a cooperative basis or produces only enough income to be self-sustaining). The term "line of business" generally refers either to an entire industry or to all components of an industry within a geographic area. It does not include a group composed of businesses that market a particular brand within an industry.
501(c)(6) - Political Contributions:
Participating directly or indirectly, or intervening, in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office is allowable up to $500 per candidate as long as the organization does not exceed $2,000 in total during a fiscal year. By keeping this amount $2,000 or less in a fiscal year, dues received by membership may be deducitble as a business expense by the members.
IARPs adheres to the Political Contributions guidelines.