Wheeled Mobility and Seating

We are the largest and one of the most active special interest groups in RESNA. Members work in all areas of equipment provision: therapists, engineers, equipment suppliers, and equipment manufacturers.

Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG is also responsible for the creation of several position papers and a Wheelchair Service Provision Guide. A "RESNA Position Paper on Clinical Practice" is an official statement by the organization that, based on the consensus of experts and evidence, summarizes current research and best-practice trends in relevant areas of Assistive Technology. The position papers state the necessity (medical and/or functional) of specific assistive technology devices and services under appropriate circumstances, and assist practitioners in decision-making and justification. The position papers are not intended to replace clinical judgment related to specific client needs. 

The purpose of the Wheelchair Service Provision Guide is to provide an appropriate framework for identifying the essential steps in the provision of a wheelchair.

Approved RESNA Position Papers and Wheelchair Service Provision Guide

Advocacy: Save the Wheelchair

Legislation is consistently changing that affects access to Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) and Assistive Technology (AT). Connect with other professionals and join in the fight to protect this necessary and life-changing equipment!
 
  • RESNA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) - this volunteer committee develops and coordinates RESNA's position on public policy and related activities. For more information, and an update on what the GAC is working on, click here.
  • ACCESS2CRT.ORG – a website specifically dedicated to protecting and promoting access to CRT. This site is frequently updated and its main purpose is promotion of advocacy. This website includes information on federal and state issues, educational materials, videos that demonstrate the importance of CRT, and updates on current legislation. 
  • The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) – NCART is a national organization of suppliers and manufacturers of CRT products. NCART seeks to ensure these individuals have appropriate access to CRT products and supporting services. The website contains updated information regarding federal and state issues affecting access to CRT. Click here to visit the NCART website

Officers

Co-Chair: Lorri Bernhardt
 
Co-Chair: Joseph McKnight