RESNA bylaws are listed below by Article Number.
Section 1.01 Name. The name of the organization shall be the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. The organization will be known as RESNA in all official publications.
Section 1.02 Purpose. The purpose of RESNA shall be to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development, dissemination, and utilization of the knowledge and practice of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology in order to achieve the highest quality of life for all citizens.
Section 1.03 Objectives. To achieve this purpose, the objectives of RESNA shall be:
(a) To provide consultation and coordination concerning matters of interest to the membership of RESNA.
(b) To foster liaison between the disciplines involved in the field of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology, and to relate developments in others areas of science, technology, and service delivery.
(c) To promote training and developments of pertinent professional manpower.
(d) To serve as a forum for the development of standards, terminology, and guidelines.
(e) To plan and conduct scientific, technical, and educational meetings and programs, one of which, each calendar year, shall be called the Annual Conference. The Annual Conference may be held in conjunction with other related organizations; however, RESNA will retain full control of financial and program management of the RESNA Conference. The Annual Business Meeting shall be held at the Annual Conference.
(f) To publish and disseminate information.
(g) To stimulate and encourage relevant research.
(h) To establish and maintain programs of professional certification, educational evaluation and approval, and accreditation of clinical facilities in rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology.
(i) To conduct such other activities as are necessary for the fulfillment of these objectives.
Section 2.01 The Board of Directors shall establish categories of membership, definitions of who is qualified to be in each category, and any discounts in dues and other fees associated with each category, as suits the needs of the organization.
Section 2.02 Fellow. The title "RESNA Fellow" may be conferred by the Board of Directors on those members of RESNA who have made long term and substantial contributions to the field of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology as well as significant contributions to RESNA. The title “RESNA Honorary Fellow” may be conferred by the Board of Directors to non-members who have promoted issues and demonstrated leadership highly relevant to the field of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology and who have encouraged the independence of individuals with disabilities. Honorary fellowship may also be conferred on non-members of RESNA who have contributed to the accomplishments of the objectives of RESNA, or who have performed special services for RESNA.
Section 2.07 Member Rights. Any individual member shall be entitled to all customary rights and privileges, including election to any office and voting in any election and on any issue raised at a regular or special meeting of RESNA.
Section 2.08 SIGs & PSGs. Members may organize themselves into groups representing special interest areas of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology. Membership in RESNA is a pre-requisite for leadership of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Professional Specialty Groups (PSGs).
Section 2.09 Termination of membership may occur under the following conditions:
Section 3.01 Annual dues for members are payable upon becoming a member and annually thereafter.
Section 3.02 Dues, fees, and assessment amounts shall be established by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present at a meeting of the Board of Directors.
Section 3.03 All membership privileges shall be suspended during periods of delinquency of more than ninety (90) days.
Section 4.01 Headquarters. RESNA shall maintain a headquarters office located within the United States.
Section 4.02 Management. The management of RESNA shall reside in the Board of Directors and others, as specified herein. It is the function of the Board to determine objectives, philosophy, and official policy of the organization and to implement the same.
Section 4.03 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers and directors of RESNA.
Section 4.04 Duties and Powers of the Board of Directors
Section 4.06 Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of RESNA shall be the calendar year.
Section 4.07 Annual Budget. The annual budget for the succeeding fiscal year shall be presented for Board approval at a meeting of the Board, following distribution of such budget to the Board at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting date.
Section 4.08 Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be charged with carrying out policies of the Board between administrative meetings and to present programs, policies, and issues to the Board for consideration and/or approval.
Section 5.01 Designation of Officers. The officers of RESNA shall be an elected President, President-Elect, and Secretary; and a Treasurer appointed by the President, with the Executive Director serving as Secretary when needed.
Section 5.02 Terms of office shall be two years (beginning August 1) following the election. A porion of a term filled on an interim basis, as identified in this section, shall not be considered as a term of office.
(a) The President-Elect and President shall serve no more than one successive term in each office and the Secretary and Treasurer shall serve no more than two successive terms in each office.
(b) All officers, with the exception of the Executive Director, are voting members of the Executive Committee and ex-officio members of all other committees without vote.
Section 5.03 President. The President shall be the principal officer of RESNA.
Section 5.04 President-Elect. The President-Elect shall have previously been a member of the Board of Directors and shall have served at least one year as an elected officer or director.
(a) The Secretary is considered a voting member of the Board.
(b) In the event of the Secretary's death, inability, or refusal to act, a Secretary shall be appointed by the President for the remainder of the term with the concurrence of the Board.
Section 5.06 Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have previously been a member of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer, under the direction of the Board of Directors, shall have general supervision of the fiscal affairs of RESNA and other records required by law.
Section 5.07 Executive Director. There shall be an Executive Director, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall be the chief executive and operating officer of the society, with responsibility for the management and direction of all operations, programs, activities and affairs of the society, including employment and termination of employment, and the determination of compensation of members of the staff and supporting personnel, functioning within the framework of policy aims and programs as generally determined by the Board of Directors and with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.
Section 6.01 Standing Committees. Permanent standing committees shall include, at the discretion of the Board: Awards Committee, Bylaws Committee, Education Committee, Ethics Committee, Finance Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Meetings Committee, Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, Professional Specialty Group Committee, Research Committee, and Special Interest Group Committee.
Section 6.02 The Awards Committee shall consist of the Chair and at least four members. The committee shall review and recommend nominees to the Board for special recognition, honors, or awards. It shall establish and recommend to the Board criteria and procedures for these awards and administer the RESNA awards program.
Section 6.03 The Bylaws Committee shall consist of the President-Elect as Chair and at least one other member. The primary responsibility of this committee shall be to manage proposed amendments to the bylaws.
Section 6.04 The Education Committee shall consist of the Chair, and at least four members.The primary responsibility of the committee shall be to develop and coordinate the education programs of RESNA. The Education Committee shall:
- Two Board members, selected by the Chair;
- Chair of the Education Committee;
- Chair of the Membership Committee;
- Chair of the Profesional Specialty Group Committee;
- Chair of the Research Committee;
- Chair of the Special Interest Group Committee;
- The President shall be an ex-officio member with a vote.
The committee shall have the following duties:
- No change
- Reprimand with RESNA membership maintained
- Censure with RESNA membership maintained
- Probation with RESNA membership maintained
- Suspension of RESNA membership for specified time period
- Revocation of RESNA membership
Section 6.09 The Meetings Committee shall consist of the Chair, appointed by the President and at least three additional members.
- (i) The primary responsibility of the Regional Conferences Subcommittee is to monitor and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding policy and procedures for the Regional Conferences.
- (ii) The Regional Conferences Subcommittee shall submit a plan for review and approval by the Board, for the meetings for the next year, citing dates and sites, nomination of conference Chairs, and estimated budgets for each planned regional conference.
- Two Board members, selected by the Chair
- Chair of the Education Committee
- Chair of the Membership Committee
- Chair of the Professional Specialty Group Committee
- Chair of the Research Committee
- Chair of the Special Interest Group Committee
(a) The Nominating Committee shall make every effort to ensure that consumers are included in the slate of nominees.
(b) The Nominated Committee shall conduct elections as described in Article XI.
Section 6.12 The Professional Specialty Group Committee shall consist of the Chair and the Chair of each Professional Specialty Group. The primary responsibility of the Committee is to promote specific objectives of RESNA and to provide forums for increasing the professional knowledge and interaction of members from similar disciplines with similar professional interests in the field of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology. The Committee shall:
(a) Administer the Professional Specialty Group program and monitor the activities of the individual professional specialty groups for RESNA.
(b) Submit plans for Professional Specialty Group activities for subsequent years for review and approval by the Board of Directors.
Section 6.13 The Research Committee shall consist of the Chair and at least four members. The primary responsibility of the committee shall be:
Section 6.14 The Special Interest Group Committee shall consist of the Chair and the Chair of each Special Interest Group. The primary responsibilities of the Committee are:
(a) To provide a forum for increasing the professional knowledge and interaction of members with similar interest in the field of rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology.
(b) Administer a Special Interest Group program and monitor the activities of the individual special interest groups for RESNA.
(c) Submit plans for Special Interest Groups activities for subsequent years for review and approval by the Board.
Section 7.01 The Chair of the Journal Board shall be Editor of the Journal, and shall be appointed by the President and ratified by the Board of Directors to serve a one (1) year term.
Section 7.02 The Chair shall appoint an Editorial Board for review of papers submitted to each of the topic areas.
Section 7.03 The Journal Board shall submit at least one annual report to the Board of Directors. Additional reports may be requested by the President, Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors.
Section 7.04 The Journal Board shall submit an annual budget with justification for each line item and projections of revenues and expenses for review by the RESNA Finance Committee and approval by the Board of Directors.
Section 8.01 The RESNA Board of Directors shall establish a Professional Standards Board (PSB) to govern the organization’s professional certification programs.
Section 8.02 Responsibilities: To insure that the PSB has the greatest possible autonomy in decision-making over essential certification activities, PSB activities shall include, but not be limited to:
- selection of PSB members;
- participation in selection of certification staff;
- setting eligibility standards for exam(s) and for renewal;
- design, administration, and maintenance of exams;
- development of new certification programs, or termination of existing programs, with the approval of the RESNA Board of Directors when market and/or stakeholder research indicates the need;
- marketing the certifications to increase visibility and number of certificants;
- establishing sound annual budgets and managing expenses to meet budgets approved by the RESNA Board of Directors;
- creating operational policies and procedures that are submitted to the RESNA Board of Directors for review and comment;
- setting of fees for exams, retakes, and renewal;
- serving as the final decision-making body for adjudication of certification, appeals, and all disciplinary action;
- maintaining a registry of certified service providers;
- abide by NCCA or other appropriate accreditation standards.
Section 8.03 Composition: The PSB shall be comprised of twelve to fifteen members. At least eight members shall possess current RESNA certification, and each RESNA certification program shall be represented by at least one member who has achieved and maintains the respective credential. At least one member shall be a registered member of the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). Among RESNA-certified members, efforts shall be made to assure the major subspecialty areas within assistive technology are represented. Two members shall be appointed to represent consumers, and such consumer members shall be neither trained in assistive technology service provision nor employed by assistive technology service providers. One member shall be a member of the RESNA Board of Directors serving on the PSB ex officio without vote; this member must be a member of the Board of Directors at the time of appointment to and throughout his/her appointment term on the PSB.
Section 8.04 Appointment Authority: The PSB shall appoint new members by a majority vote of all voting members of the PSB. Members are appointed for a three-year term, and members may be reappointed for one additional three-year term. A partial term to which a member may be appointed to fill a vacancy shall not count toward the otherwise total allowable six-year term for any given member. Membership terms shall be staggered so that less than half are scheduled to expire in any given year. PSB members may not be removed except upon majority vote of all voting members of the PSB.
Section 8.05 Officers: PSB Offices are held by PSB members during the course of their term. The PSB shall determine the appropriate number, title and role of PSB officers to carry out the responsibilities of the PSB. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of all voting members of the PSB annually.
Section 8.06 Committees: The PSB may form standing and special committees, task forces, workgroups and/or panels as the PSB deems necessary to carry out its responsibilities effectively. Appointment authority for such committees shall rest entirely with the PSB.
Section 8.07 Meetings: The PSB shall meet no less than twice annually with at least one in-person meeting. Business of the PSB and/or any committees, task forces, workgroup and panels of the PSB may be conducted in -person, by teleconference or other electronic means.
Section 8.08 Quorum and Vote:A majority of all voting members of the PSB shall constitute a quorum for taking formal action. Formal actions may be approved by simple majority of voting members present except when conducting business electronically when a majority of all voting members is required for approval.
Section 8.09 Budget: The RESNA Board of Directors shall annually allocate sufficient resources and funds to support the PSB in carrying out its responsibilities effectively. The PSB shall submit an annual budget with justification for each line item and projections of revenues and expenses for review by the RESNA Finance Committee and approval by the RESNA Board of Directors.
Section 8.10 Reporting: The PSB shall submit at least one annual report to the Board of Directors. Additional reports may be requested by the President, Executive Committee, and/or Board of Directors.
Section 9.01 The Assistive Technology Standards Board (ATSB) shall participate with the American National Standards Institute, the International Standards Organization and other individuals, associations and organizations to develop standards for assistive technology products and processes.
Section 9.02 The Chair of the ATSB shall be appointed by the President and ratified by the RESNA Board of Directors each year to serve a one (1) year term.
Section 9.03 The Chair of the ATSB shall appoint a Vice-Chair. who shall be ratified by the ATSB at its annual meeting.
Section 9.04 The RESNA Executive Director shall appoint the Secretariat, who shall be ratified by the ATSB.
Section 9.05 RESNA membership is not a requirement for participation on the ATSB.
Section 9.06 The Assistive Technology Standards Board shall be governed by “RESNA Standards Organization’s Policies and Procedures” which is incorporated into these Bylaws by reference.
Section 9.07 The RESNA Board of Directors must approve any changes that may be made from time to time to these policies and procedures.
Section 9.08 The Assistive Technology Standards Board shall submit an annual report to the Executive Director or President. Additional reports may be requested by the President, Executive Committee, and/or Board of Directors.
Section 9.09 The ATSB shall submit an annual budget with justification for each line item and projections of revenues and expenses for review by the RESNA Finance Committee and approval by the Board of Directors.
Section 10.01. The purpose of the Development Board (DB) is to support the mission and future development of RESNA with resources derived from all fund-raising activities (e.g. the RESNA Founders Fund). The allocation of all revenues generated through the Development Board will be at the discretion of the Development Board, except in unusual financial circumstances as determined by a vote of the RESNA Board of Directors.
Section 10.02. The Chair of the DB shall be appointed by the President and ratified by the RESNA Board of Directors each year to serve a one (1) year term. This position may be held by the same candidate for up to three consecutive terms.
Section 10.03. The DB Board shall be comprised of the following nine voting members: The Chair; RESNA Immediate Past President; RESNA Treasurer; and six other individuals as appointed by the DB Chair. A minimum of three of these individuals shall be RESNA Fellows. The remaining three individuals may be non-members of RESNA if additional expertise with respect to fund raising, financial investment, etc. is deemed necessary. The RESNA President and RESNA Executive Director will serve as ex-officio members. The six members selected by the Chair may serve two consecutive, two-year terms that will be staggered to ensure management continuity. Each term will be approved by the RESNA Board of Directors.
Section 10.04. A majority of all voting members of the DB shall constitute a quorum for taking formal action. Formal actions may be approved by simple majority of voting members present except when conducting business electronically, when a majority of all voting members is required for approval.
Section 10.05. The DB may form standing and special committees, task forces, workgroups, and/or panels or other entities as the DB deems necessary to carry out its responsibilities effectively and to foster activities consistent with RESNA’s mission. Appointment authority for such committees shall rest entirely with the DB Board.
Section 10.06. The DB shall meet no less than twice annually including at least one face-to-face meeting during the RESNA Annual Conference. Business of the DB and/or any committees, task forces, workgroups and panels of the DB may be conducted in-person, by teleconference, or other electronic means.
Section 10.07. The DB Chair, or designate, will prepare and present an annual report to the RESNA Board of Directors. Additional reports may be requested by the President, Executive Committee, and/or Board of Directors. The annual report shall include:
(a) the activities undertaken and completed by the DB;
(b) the assets and liabilities, including trust funds, of the DB and related foundations or funds (e.g. Founders Fund) as of the end of the fiscal year;
(c) the principal changes in the assets and liabilities of the DB including trust funds, during such fiscal year;
(e) the revenue or receipts of the DB both restricted and unrestricted to particular purposes, during such fiscal year;
(f) the expenses or disbursements of the DB for both general and restricted purposes, during such fiscal year;
(e) planned fundraising and program development activities.
Section 11.01 The Nominating Committee will solicit candidates for all offices from the membership. The request for nominations for consideration by the Nominating Committee will remain open for at least 30 days.
Section 11.02 The Nominating Committee shall select and present a slate of nominees for officers and directors to the Board of Directors for approval. The Committee shall submit a slate with at least one nominee each for President Elect and Secretary (during appropriate years) and three to six nominees for the three Board positions. The Committee shall give due consideration to representation from all constituents who contribute to rehabilitation engineering and rehabilitation and assistive technology. The approved slate will be sent to the membership.
Section 11.03 If a candidate for President-Elect, Secretary or Director runs unopposed, he/she must receive at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the votes cast to be elected. If the candidate does not receive the required votes, a new nominee(s) will be selected and a special election held.
Section 11.04 The Secretary or Executive Director shall send information on all of the nominees for officers and directors, along with a ballot, to the membership by regular mail or electronic means. Completed ballots must be postmarked or electronically completed within 30 days of the date the ballots are sent to the membership.
Section 11.05 All candidates for election to RESNA offices and Board of Director positions shall be Members of RESNA in good standing for a period of at least three (3) years immediately preceding their nomination.
Section 12.01 Meetings of RESNA shall be held at such times and places as the Board of Directors may direct. The Secretary or Executive Director shall notify the members of each meeting at least 30 days before the meeting. At all annual business meetings a quorum shall consist of the members present.
Section 12.02 Revised Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of all meetings.
Section 13.01 RESNA shall not be organized nor operated for profit and shall be operated within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended or replaced.
Section 13.02 Income shall be derived from fees, dues, assessments, gifts; proceeds from conferences and publication sales; proceeds from sales of products and services; and reimbursements for cost incurred in providing special services to other organizations or agencies.
Section 13.03 As recommended by the Treasurer and approved by the Board, RESNA may accrue and maintain a Reserve Fund.
Section 13.04 Upon dissolution, the Board of Directors shall distribute all remaining assets to such organizations which are exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended or replaced.
Section 13.05 Within the approved annual budget, the Executive Committee may employ professional staff to provide services and procure supplies necessary for the operation of RESNA.
Section 14.01 Notwithstanding any provision of the Bylaws which might be susceptible to contrary interpretation:
Section 15.01 Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee by any member of the Board of Directors or by petition by fifteen (15) individuals who are members of RESNA.
Section 16.01 RESNA may be established at a meeting of a minimum of five members of RESNA who accept the provisions of these Bylaws and adopt member status.
Section 16.02 RESNA may be dissolved by two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors. Such dissolution shall become effective only after notice of such action has been transmitted to the members of RESNA and a majority do not object in writing within 90 days following transmittal of notice to dissolve.