Summer
2018

ISSUE
No. 2

RESNA MEMBER NEWS
Website                                                                                                       ATP Fundamentals Courses
                    (now offered online!)

Annual Conference                                                                                                      Upcoming Courses
Annual Conference

Upcoming Deadlines

Register by June 8th at 11:59 PM EDT to take advantage of Early Bird rates!  You can register online or with the PDF application. If you need help, please contact conference@resna.org or call (703) 524-6686, Ext. 306

Once you register, take advantage of the special RESNA Conference rate at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, located conveniently close to Reagan National Airport. 
Registration by June 18 at 11:59 PM EDT.

  1. Visit RESNA's personal Hyatt Regency link,or
    External Links icon
  2. Call the hotel at (888) 421-1442 for reservations.
Register by June 20th at 11:59 PM EDT. Held on Saturday evening, July 14th, this is an opportunity for both large and small developers to obtain feedback on their products and to discuss ideas for new products and enhancements with engineers, rehab technologists, therapists, consumers and others in the field of assistive technology.

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


Featured Events

Conference Schedule
 (subject to updates)
We've received more submissions than in previous years.  This includes  10 pre-conference instructional courses , over  60 workshops , and paper and poster presentation tracks.

Each morning, the conference will feature an engaging speaker series featuring some of the brightest minds in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. 

International Panel
Friday, July 13, 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE ( bio)
Natasha Layton, PhD  (bio)
Evandro Guimar√£es, PhD, MS, AT  (bio)

NIDILRR Panel
Saturday, July 14, 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Robert Jaeger, PhD  (bio)

Colin McLaurin Lecture and RESNA President's Closing Remarks
Sunday, July 15, 9:00 - 10: 30 AM
Gregg Vanderheiden, PhD, RESNA Fellow  (bio)
Roger Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow  (bio)

The RESNA App   . The app will be available to registered attendees in the Apple App and Google Play Stores and feature calendars, supplemental materials, push notifications, in-app messaging, a private social network, and photo streams. 

For more information, please contact conference@resna.org .
Member News






The field of candidates who have a history of participation in and contribution to RESNA are available to vote for. If you are a member who has not received voting information, please contact  membership@resna.org 

Angie Kiger Explains the Importance of Education, Training, and Understanding 
Angie Kiger, M.Ed., CTRS, ATP/SMS, of Sunrise Medical, has spent years applying her skills and training to a large population. With her educational background and professional training, she has been able to help provide improvements to quality of life and independence. 

Of the many accomplished professionals recognized, two of the recipients of the AOTA Fellow award include, RESNA members Amber Ward, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP/SMS, of the Neurosciences Institute-Neurology in Charlotte, N.C., and Jessica Presperin Pedersen, OT, MBA, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago.

Kara Kopplin, of The ROHO Group, joined delegates from Kenya, Italy, Japan, Tanzania, Australia, Denmark, and the United States in conjunction with the ISO/TC 173 Assistive Products for Persons with Disabilities Standards Meeting.

RESNA has partnered with Closing the Gap who is offering a $100 discount for RESNA members to attend their 2018 conference. Additionally, RESNA will offer its comprehensive 2-day ATP Fundamentals Course September 23-24. Upon completion, the exam will be available to take September 25th on-site. Contact info@closingthegap.com  for more information.

Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Laura Cohen, PT, PhD, ATP/SMS, of Rehabilitation Technology Consultants were interviewed about the  NCART and University of Pittsburgh's recent survey of ATPs. The survey, which recently closed, asseses the background of professionals that are providing CRT. 

Held on April 11th, Vince Schiappa, MS of the University of Pittsburgh, led the
1 st Annual Assistive Technology Appreciation Event. This brought together students, a ssistive technology professionals, and advocates in AT from the Greater Pittsburgh Area. To start your own RESNA Student Organization, contact Vince at vjs19@pitt.edu.

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. 
Organization News
The University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee were recently accredited by CoA-RATE in conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This process ensures rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology degree programs adhere to educational program standards and satisfy other accreditation criteria. CoA-RATE, chaired by Dr. Mary Goldberg, is the first accreditation process for rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology degree programs, and is accepting applications via a rolling deadline. Interested parties are invited to review and follow the application process on the CoA-RATE site.

This SIG is a trans-disciplinary group for RESNA members who provide and support AT services in schools or provide AT services to school-aged children and young people. It's c haired by Daniel Cochrane, MA, MS, ATP. To join, contact membership@resna.org
The ATP Fundamentals Course is online!  Register for one of the following courses...

Organizations can book a private, onsite class! For more information, contact Charlie Raphael, Director of Education and Certification, at  craphael@resna.org .
 
 
Affiliated organizations:
 
Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) are circulating a House of Representatives letter that will be sent to CMS Administrator Verma to protect access to Complex Rehab Technology (CRT). The letter formally informs CMS that Congress did not intend for DME Competitive Bid payment rates to be applied to CRT items as part of the 21st Century Cures Act legislation. Ask your representative to follow the instructions and add their signature to help protect access to CRT. A copy of the instruction letter and the text of the letter to CMS can be found here .

Closing July 30, 2018, the April 2019 issue of OTJR will be a special issue on Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automations and Relations to Health and Occupational Therapy. Sherrilene Classen, Lili Liu, and past RESNA President Alex Mihailidis will be the editors

SVRI (of University of Wisconsin Stout) is part of a small community located in Menomonie, WI, about an hour away from Minneapolis/St. Paul. For more information, please contact the Search Chair, Debra Homa, PhD, or phone (715) 232-1113.
Member Benefits Spotlight
AT Journal Logo
AT Journal Member Access

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

Show Your 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.

ATP Exam Application


When members apply for the ATP exam, the  $100 application fee is waived.

This is the first step to validating your knowledge and professional experience by achieving the globally recognized designation of the ATP.








ATP Fundamentals Course Discount




Members receive a $150 discount for the online ATP Fundamentals Course.

This o nline instructor-led courses will meet two times per week in the evening for 2 hours over 4 weeks. 

For more information, please contact  Charlie Raphael
Mark Your Calendar
June 8, 11:59 PM EDT

June 18, 11:59 POM EDT

June 20, 11:59 PM EDT

RESNA Regular Registration
July 2, 11:59 PM EDT

RESNA Members, Be Aware!
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.
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.