RESNA- Why as a Technologist you should know about it?

RESNA - Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

RESNA, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency. 

The organization's legal name is RESNA. Website: www.resna.org

RESNA's goal: "To maximize the health and well being of people with disabilities through technology."

The purpose of RESNA: To contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development,dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice of rehabilitation and assistive technology in order to achieve the highest quality of life for all citizens.

About the Organization:

RESNA is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit membership association. RESNA's volunteer Board of Directors provides governance and oversight of the organization's activities. The Board establishes several committees for this purpose. RESNA also has a small professional staff, consisting of an Executive Director and core programmatic staff. The organization is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

RESNA Offers:

RESNA offers several programs for members and for the assistive technology professional community at large. Information on all of these programs is available on this website. The programs are listed here and linked to the relevant web pages:

  • Certification LINK
  • Continuing Education LINK
  • Assistive Technology Journal LINK
  • Annual Conference LINK
  • Assistive Technology Standards Development LINK
  • Student Design Competition LINK
  • Student Scientific Paper Competition LINK
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International Efforts

RESNA promote the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology; advocate for access to technology solutions for people with disabilities; and facilitate the exchange of ideas, research, and technologies. For more information about our international alliances, or to become involved, please contact the RESNA office. Email: jwilliams@resna.org

RESNA has consultative status at the United Nations (UN) as the world’s leading authority in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. This designation allows RESNA to participate in UN meetings and provide expert testimony on issues related to people with disabilities, assistive technology, and rehabilitation engineering. Most recently, RESNA participated in the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 23, 2013 in New York City to discuss how disability and assistive technology should be mainstreamed in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

World Health Organization

RESNA promote the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology; advocate for access to technology solutions for people with disabilities; and facilitate the exchange of ideas, research, and technologies. For more information about our international alliances, or to become involved, please contact the RESNA office. Email: jwilliams@resna.org

RESNA has consultative status at the United Nations (UN) as the world’s leading authority in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. This designation allows RESNA to participate in UN meetings and provide expert testimony on issues related to people with disabilities, assistive technology, and rehabilitation engineering. Most recently, RESNA participated in the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 23, 2013 in New York City to discuss how disability and assistive technology should be mainstreamed in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

Alliances All Around

The Alliance of Assistive Technology Professional Organizations is a formal agreement between membership-based professional societies and associations who are working to advance the field of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering to benefit people with disabilities and functional limitations of all ages. The intent of this Alliance is to promote communication and information exchange, support each other’s efforts, and speak with a more unified voice on international issues. Participants in the Alliance will work to identify areas of common concern, develop joint strategies, and promote dialogue and collaboration that benefits its memberships. The agreement reflects a joint commitment to improving access to assistive technology through research, policy advocacy, training, information sharing, and knowledge translation. In addition to RESNA, signatories include the national or regional organizations representing the field in Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Organizations are:

  • Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe LINK
  • Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association LINK
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan LINK
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Korea LINK
  • Taiwan Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society (TREATS)

Assistive Technology Journal

Assistive Technology, the official journal of RESNA, is an applied, scientific publication in the multi-disciplinary field of technology for people with disabilities. The journal's purpose is to foster communication among individuals working in all aspects of the assistive technology area including researchers, developers, clinicians, educators and consumers.  

RESNA members receive an online subscription to the journal as part of their membership.  Members may also receive a printed copy of the AT Journal for an additional $30 annual fee. The journal is published by Taylor and Francis. 

The AT Journal considers papers from all assistive technology applications. Only original papers are accepted. Technical notes describing preliminary techniques, procedures, or findings of original scientific research may also be submitted.  Letters to the Editor are welcome and books for review may be sent by authors or publishers

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