ABDA (American Board of Disability Analysts) is a professional multidisciplinary education and credentialing organization whose members provide evaluation and/or treatment to physically and/or mentally disabled persons of all ages. While some individuals are born with such disabilities as cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, seizure disorders and musculoskeletal disorders, it should be recognized that accidents (e.g., work related, motor vehicle), disease and war contribute to the largest proportion of today’s disabled population.
The mission of ABDA is to contribute to understanding the etiology, diagnosis and rehabilitation of disabling conditions. ABDA supports technological advances that make employment, education, transportation, independent living and leisure pursuits more accessible to the disabled. ABDA is composed of practitioners in medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, epidemiology, osteopathy, chiropractic, counseling, education, applied economics, social work, public health, forensic sciences and other allied health professions.Through its various activities, publications and training functions, ABDA seeks to establish a standard threshold of knowledge and professional competence for those who work with disabled individuals.
Through its credentialing review process ABDA offers both the public and private sectors a process for identifying well qualified professionals trained and experienced in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of disabled persons. Professionals whose work engages them with mental and/or physical disabilities are eligible. ABDA supports research on disabilities resulting from birth, accidents, disease, war and aging. ABDA and its affiliates sponsor technological innovation to promote independent living and the enhancement of activities of daily living for disabled individuals. ABDA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), the provisions of which became binding in 1993, which extends comprehensive civil rights protection to the disabled.