No. 3

Annual Conference
RESNA 2018 is Fast Approaching!
July 11-15, 2018, in Arlington, VA at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City


The conference will include workshops, Developer's Showcase, poster sessions, an exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and more. 

We've received more submissions than in recent years and look forward to informing proposal authors after the Conference Committee's review. Additionally, the Student submission windows are still open...

Are you exhibiting? Do you want to increase attendance to your workshop? Are you releasing a product or want to engage with RESNA conference attendees?

Please see the RESNA 2018 Sponsorship, Exhibitor, and Advertising Opportunities! 
RESNA 2018 will feature the RESNA App. The app will be available to registered attendees in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and feature calendars, supplemental materials, push notifications, in-app messaging, a private social network, and photos. For more information, please contact conference@resna.org.

RESNA 2017 highlights

With over 400 attendees, RESNA 2017 was a well-received event. See highlights below.

RESNA 2017 Attendees were provided CEU-tracking handouts for the workshops, ICs, and other events at RESNA 2017. Please submit your CEU codes earned at the conference. For more information, contact  craphael@resna.org

Organization News
Charlie Raphael joined RESNA on September 19, 2017 as its new Director of Certification and Education. As such, Charlie will lead efforts to maintain our flagship credentialing program that includes the  ATP (Assistive Technology Professional)  and  SMS (Seating and Mobility Specialist)  certifications. You can reach him at  craphael@resna.org .

Ryann Vinson joined RESNA on September 12, 2017 as its new Office Administrator. Ryann most recently served as Finance and Operations Coordinator for NAADAC. She holds a Bachelors in Biobehavioral Health from Penn State and is currently working on a Masters in Human Resource Development from Bowie State. You can reach her at rvinson@resna.org
Welcome Charlie and Ryann to the RESNA team!
Use your remaining training budget to purchase training vouchers today for an ATP Fundamentals Course seat in 2018 - even book a private onsite class in 2017 to be held in 2018! For more information, contact Charlie Raphael at  craphael@resna.org.
January 18 2:00 PM EDT
Larry Goldberg of Oath and and Jeff Weiland of Facebook will discuss how Teach Access is working with industry, academia, and advocacy groups to expand the quality and quantity of undergraduate programs that teach the fundamentals of accessibility
People of all abilities should have the opportunity to exercise effectively and to participate in fitness activities. RESNA would like to spread the word about the Inclusive Fitness (IF) committee! It's currently comprised of users, fitness facility staff/trainers, manufacturers, clinicians, experts, product testers, and individuals in research and development. If you would like more information on how you can participate on the committee or information on any of the above activities or resources, please contact the RESNA IF Chair, Seanna Kringen, at  seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.
February 15 2:00 PM EDT
In recent years Facebook has become a tool for professional networking and on-the-job workplace productivity through its enterprise collaboration software, Workplace. In this webinar, Director of Accessibility Jeff Wieland and Director of Policy Monica Desai will discuss why and how Facebook made accessibility a priority.

In early 2017, RESNA's Professional Standards Board (PSB) completed its update of the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification examination. RESNA's PSB enlisted the assistance of 53 subject matter experts. In each step of the development process, a diverse group of subject matter experts (SMEs) was carefully selected to represent the wide range of specialty areas, practice settings, and academic backgrounds of assistive technology service providers.
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March 19-22, 2018 Portland, Maine
SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 AgrAbility National Training Workshop!
This year's conference headquarters is the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in downtown Portland. The call for presentations and call for posters is now available. The AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture. The mission of the NTW is to empower professionals and consumers to fulfill AgrAbility's main priority areas: education, networking, assistance, and marketing.
This course reviews complex rehab technology coding and coverage changes that have occurred over the last 5 years - specifically: CRT mobility, wheelchair seating, and wheelchair options and accessories. The course will analyze the impact these changes have had on access, identify any policy making trends and discuss recent changes or on-going initiatives to bring about needed change. To earn .1 CEU, the participant must score 70 or above to earn credit. Email Annette Hodges at  ahodges@nrrts.org for more information.

Member News

RESNA members  Heidi Koester, PhD,  of  Koester Performance Research  and  Rich Simpson, PhD,  of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh have publicly released Scanning Wizard-a new and free software tool that helps users of switch scanning devices set up their switch and scanning software to best meet their needs.  The web application, which was developed in partnership with software consultancy  Atomic Object , can be found at  ScanningWizard.com . Read about how KPR is helping students learn about the assistive technology tool in the classroom  here .

RESNA Awardee Sam Schmidt on Leno's Garage
Sam Schmidt, the former Indy car racer with C3-4-5 quadriplegia who recently raced Mario Andretti in adapted Corvettes, has appeared on Jay Leno's Garage. This seven-minute segment does a great job showcasing the emerging technology that could be a game changer for those with high-level injuries who want to drive independently.

We've produced materials to help you promote your membership to consumers, colleagues, and referral sources through press release tips, PowerPoints, and brochures. 

Have RESNA member news to share? Send items to membership@resna.org for the next issue. 
Member Benefits Spotlight
AT Journal Logo
AT Journal Spring Issue & Member Access
The AT journal will add an issue to its publication schedule.

The spring issue of Assistive Technology Journal is now available. Members have free, unlimited, on-line access to the Journal as a member benefit. 

Articles are posted to the Taylor & Francis website as soon as they are approved, which can be several months before they appear in the Journal. In addition, members have free access to the archives. 

Member Logo

Remember to show your pride with the RESNA member logo
RESNA has a logo just for member use. Visit http://tiny.cc/RESNAMember or contact membership@resna.org to access the member logo. 

To avoid using the member logo in a misleading or incorrect way, please review the RESNA Logo Guidelines.  

RESNA Members, Be Aware!
Recently, RESNA was notified that a scammer sent phishing text messages while claiming to be RESNA leadership. These include requests for money for 
  1. ATP recertification fees
  2. Membership fees
  3. Outstanding conference fees
  4. The subject of an ethical complaint. 
RESNA does NOT use text messaging to inform anyone of outstanding fees or complaint investigations. If you receive a text message soliciting money on behalf of RESNA, please do not click on any links within the message, do not submit any payment, and do not reveal any personal information about yourself. 

The following websites provide information about how to avoid and report phishing scams in the United States and Canada respectively:
If you receive any communication from RESNA that you find suspicious, please contact RESNA by phone at 703-524-6686 ext. 306 or email info@resna.org to verify the message.
Mark Your Calendar

December 29, 11:59 pm EDT
January 18, 2:00 PM EDT

February 15, 2:00 PM EDT

April 13, 11:59 PM EDT

April 27, 11:59 PM EDT

June 8, 11:59 PM EDT
RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.