The National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA) was founded in 1978, and functions as a trade association representing the interests of a membership base spanning across the nation. NARA's membership is open to rehab therapy organizations and those who provide support to therapy providers. Current membership represents rehab businesses consisting of over 25,000 healthcare professionals dedicated to providing a multitude of skilled rehabilitation therapy services to individuals in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, skilled care, assisted living, educational systems, industry / occupational health. Although tenured with a vast and successful history, the association continues to evolve and invigorate its dynamics and infrastructure to positively represent and affect change in the rehabilitation therapy industry. The purpose and continued efforts of NARA focuses upon the following foundation.