Who are our members?

CAVEWAS members are multi-disciplinary and come from a variety of backgrounds.  They include:

  • Assessors / Evaluators
  • Forensic Analysts
  • Psychometrists
  • Psychologists
  • Ergonomists
  • Rehabilitation Technologists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Mental Health practitioners / professionals
  • Community Support Workers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Disability Managers
  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Work Adjustment Specialists
  • Employment Counsellors
  • Job Coaches / Life Skills Coaches
  • Job Developers
  • Placement Specialists
  • Future Life Care Planners
  • Career Developers
  • Career / Learning Strategists
  • Educators / Researchers

All CAVEWAS members must be members of VRA Canada with the full benefits and rights of membership.

What is CAVEWAS doing for its members?

CAVEWAS offers its members both services and products.  The services include:

  • Providing professional career guidance and development
  • Promoting the field and representing members
  • Developing business / contract opportunities
  • Providing professional marketing materials
  • Encouraging best practice research
  • Providing professional credibility through best practice and designations
  • Building government and community relations
  • Responding to government consultations
  • Providing professional and ethical guidance and advice
  • Providing expert and legal opinion and advice
  • Presenting job opportunities specific to the field
  • Maintaining a membership directory
  • Providing member support / answering inquiries
  • Providing sponsorship support / answering inquiries
  • Providing a student scholarship program
  • Offering networking opportunities
  • Supporting a community of practice
  • Providing peer support
  • Collaborating with other stakeholders for additional financial and product benefits
  • Offering single source service

The products on offer include:

  • Liability insurance
  • MVA insurance
  • Extended health insurance
  • Internal education and training opportunities
  • External education and training discounts
  • Support with credential exam preparation
  • Reports on best practice research
  • National conference
  • Newsletters / E-Blasts
  • Glossary of terms
  • Standards of practice
  • Annual disability data reports
  • Business case formats / guidance
  • Case scenarios / examples
  • Cost benefit analysis templates
  • Policy templates
  • Models, diagrams, tools
  • Reading lists / bibliographies

How can you contribute to CAVEWAS?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy.  This challenge holds true for professional practice.
With CAVEWAS you can:

  • Participate in conferences / education days; suggest speakers
  • Take CAVEWAS sponsored training
  • Sponsor CAVEWAS events and activities
  • Contribute to a student scholarship fund
  • Advise on any upcoming external conferences, seminars, plenaries, webinars, etc. so other members can also benefit
  • Share research findings / Conduct new research
  • Share best practice
  • Respond to CAVEWAS surveys
  • Participate on Committees / Offer up special skills
  • Write for the newsletter
  • Prepare book reports
  • Promote CAVEWAS to others
  • Report on upcoming promotional opportunities
  • Provide details on potential new members / groups
  • Share local, regional or federal government initiatives
  • Sponsor the development of products and tools
  • Offer to be part of the peer mentorship program
  • Offer suggestions / be constructive / be patient during change / function professionally and ethically

Become A CAVEWAS Member

Please visit the Join VRA page on and select "CAVEWAS" as your Society (under the "Additional Info" heading).