Are you a student?
RESNA encourages students to get involved as full-fledged members of the community. That's why students can join RESNA at the low annual rate of $60, and receive all of the benefits of regular members. Students enrolled in an accredited institution full-time are eligible. This membership includes:
- Subscription to Assistive Technology Journal, RESNA's research journal; members may also receive a printed copy of the AT Journal for an additional $30 annual fee
- Discounts on publications and continuing education courses
- Membership in as many special interest groups and professional specialty groups as you like
- Access to the members-only directory
- Members-only newsletters
- Opportunity to develop leadership skills and meet professional mentors by volunteering on Board committees
RESNA membership is a great opportunity to explore the different aspects of the AT field and chart a course for transitioning into a professional career. In addition to membership, RESNA offers two competitions that have served as stepping stones into the field for many of today's AT leaders:
Student Design Competition - this annual competition has showcased creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently for over 30 years. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physicial and occupational therapy. Semifinalist teams receive an all-expense paid trip to the RESNA Annual Conference, where the final judging takes place. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field. Find out more about this year's competition and see the past award winners.
Click here to read about the latest Student Design Competition winner!
Student Scientific Paper Competition - this competition is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their research to leaders in assistive technology, including clinicians, engineers, researchers and industry. Students are invited to submit papers (2,000 word count limit) describing their research. The student authors of the best submissions are invited to attend the RESNA Annual Conference. These papers are included in the conference proceedings, and authors are asked to present their work. Pending funding, winners and runner-ups receive cash prizes. Click here for information on this year's competition.