The organizational heart of RESNA are the various committees composed of members who volunteer their time and expertise to help the organization provide high-quality offerings to members and other professionals, while also supporting and promoting the field of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. A number of standing committees are identified in the Bylaws. Other ad-hoc committees or task forces are created to tackle more specific issues. Participating in committees is a great way for members to support RESNA, gain experience, and “give something back” to the field.
The Governance Committee is responsible for Awards, Board of Directors Nominations, Bylaws, Ethics and Long Range Planning. The chairs of this committee are the Immediate Past President and the President-Elect.
Co-Chair: Ray Grott, ATP, RET
Co-Chair: Mary Ellen Buning
The PSG Committee serves as the coordinator of all six active professional specialty groups: manufacturers and suppliers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation engineers and technologists, speech language pathologists, and educators. (Currently, the Orthotists and Prosthetists PSG is inactive.) Membership in these groups are easy ways for RESNA members to begin to build relationships and start to volunteer within RESNA. Highlighted activities are maintenance of an active listserve discussion, sharing professional resources, developing resources for other professionals also practicing in the area of assistive technology, hosting the Open House at the Annual RESNA Conference, and developing educational workshops for the RESNA conference and other conferences.
PSG Committees Chair: Douglas Rakoski, OTD, OTR/L
The Research Committee fosters the interaction between RESNA and the AT research community. Committee responsibilities include working with the Membership committee to encourage AT researchers to join RESNA, working with the Meetings committee to plan a Research Symposium, and working with the AT Journal Board to increase the quality and visibility of RESNA publications.
The committee publishes RESNA's Guidelines and Priorities for Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering Research. The guidelines are intended for the research community and related stakeholders including research-related funding agencies, researchers, designer and developers, evidence-based practitioners and policymakers. Visit the Research page in the Knowledge Center section for more information.
Chair: Heidi Horstmann Koester, PhD
This SIG Committee is comprised of the chair and the chairs of each Special Interest Group. The SIG Committee provides a forum for increasing the professional knoweldge and interaction of members with similar interest in the field of rehabilitation and assistive technology.
For more information and discriptions about SIGs, please visit the SIGs' pages
SIG Committees Chair: Emma Smith, MScOT