Students

Welcome to RESNA! A career in assistive technology is incredibly rewarding.  Assistive technology professionals come from many different backgrounds, including but not limited to:

  • Engineering (biomedical, mechanical, rehabilitation)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Special Education
 
Assistive technology professionals work in a variety of settings and have many different jobs, such as:
 
  • Clinicians – working directly with adults and children with disabilities to assess, recommend, adapt, and evaluate technology solutions
  • Developers  - inventing new technologies and interventions to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities 
  • Researchers – studying how people and technology interact and documenting best practices and outcomes
  • Manufacturers – bringing ideas and new technologies to market 
  • Suppliers – providing the equipment and services to individuals with disabilities 
  • Trainers – engaging in education and professional development for peers and colleagues 
  • Policymakers – developing standards and advocating for policies and funding that increase access to technology solutions

What RESNA offers 

  • Student Design Competition - This annual competition welcomes students from all fields of study who have a great idea for a device that will help people with disabilities lead independent lives. Finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to the annual conference to present their designs to the RESNA community, along with other exciting prizes. Many of the winners have gone on to become leaders in the field.  
  • Student Scientific Paper Competition - This competition, held in conjunction with the RESNA annual conference, provides students with the opportunity to showcase their research. 
  • Student Membership  - Student members can join at a reduced cost, and enjoy all the benefits of membership - including discounts on webinars, courses, and publications.  

Free resources

  • RESNA Newsbriefs - this weekly e-newsletter includes RESNA news and articles from around the world on the latest products, research, and AT issues.  Sign up here. 
  • AT Forum - the AT Forum is an on-line community where you can post questions, get feedback, and ask for help.  
  • Job Board - see the latest job postings in assistive technology, or create a professional profile and let employers find you.
  • Knowledge Center - this section of the website has links and information on a variety of topics, all absolutely free.  

Connect with us 

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