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RESNA 2018 is Open!

July 11-15, 2018, in Arlington, VA at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Pre-Conference: July 11-12
Conference: July 13-15


The conference includes Instructional Courses, Workshops, Symposia, Developer's Showcase, Paper Presentations, Poster Sessions, an Exhibit Hall, networking opportunities, and more!

Register by June 8th 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.

Once you register, take advantage of the special RESNA Conference rate at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, located conveniently close to Reagan National Airport. 

RESNA 2018 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 7 paper presentation tracks.

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? 

RESNA 2018 will feature 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

Yih-Kuen is an Associate Professor and Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) . His research focuses on the development of assistive devices and technologies and the promotion of social inclusion for people with disabilities. Within RESNA, He is the Chair of Scientific Papers, a member of the Assistive Technology Standards Board (ATSB), and a member of the Research Committee. 

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. Scanning Wizard 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 .

OTJR is currently accepting papers that undertake rigorous empirical or conceptual investigations by inquiring into the links between occupational perspectives and occupational therapy practices as they relate to the use of such technologies. Deadline: July 30, 2018.  The April 2019 issue of OTJRwill be a special issue on Robotics, AI and Automations and Relations to Health and Occupational Therapy. Sherrilene Classen, Lili Liu and RESNA Past President Alex Mihailidis will be the editors

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. 
Organization News
Holly Johnson joined RESNA on March 19, 2018  as its new Part-time Office Administrator. 
Holly most recently served as Operations Associate for SGAC (State Government Affairs Council). She holds an Associate's Degree from Northern Virginia Community College You can reach Holly at admin@resna.org

Welcome Holly to the RESNA team!
Deadline: April 8th, 2018
RESNA is seeking nominations for the annual RESNA awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering or their service to RESNA.

Deadline: April 13th, 2018
The premiere annual student competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Teams represent disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Only undergraduate and masters level graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply.  

The ATP Fundamentals Course is now online! The May 2018 course is open until April 30 for registration.Organizations can book a private, onsite class in 2018! For more information, contact Charlie Raphael at 
Affiliated organizations:
"The Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology in ATSUGI"
JCAART (Japanese Conference on the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology) is August 29, 2018 to August 31, 2018. This is a great opportunity to discuss assistive technology for persons with disabilities. This conference is for persons in the field of engineering, medical science, social welfare, education and government if you are interested in the application of rehabilitation engineering. 

LiveWell RERC is sponsoring an app development competition for middle, high school, and college students as well as non-professional developers. Three winning apps will be selected to receive a cash award. We will also select two apps at random for prizes, so we encour age you to submit your project even if you have simple app. Competition opens immediately and judging will take place in May, 2018.  Submissions are due by May 1, 2018.

Improving access to assistive technology was discussed by WHO's Executive Board last week. With great leadership from the governments of Pakistan and Ecuador, Member States agreed on the wording of a draft resolution, and recommended that it be adopted during this year's World Health Assembly in May.  The draft resolution was co-sponsored by 32 Member States: Algeria, Australia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia.  You can access the draft resolution here.

AgrAbility released a resource guide to assist farmers, ranchers, employees, and family members with issues related to aging, chronic health issues, and living with disabilities. It takes an 'Ag for Life' perspective, helping families maintain a quality of life for successful production across generations.
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 Benefits Spotlight
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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. 

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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!
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.
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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.