Pre-Conference Sessions

The following pre-conference education sessions will be offered preceding RESNA 2017, June 26-27. Please be sure to register early as courses may be cancelled if registration numbers are low.  Click here to register now
 
A separate fee is required for all pre-conference education sessions.
 

RESNA’s Fundamentals in Assistive Technology

Monday, June 26, 8:30am – 5:30pm (Day 1)
Tuesday, June 27, 8:30am – 5:30pm (Day 2)
Member: $380; Non-Member: $500; Student: $375
 
The Fundamentals course provides interested individuals with an overview of numerous areas of assistive technology. It is also designed to broaden the knowledge of AT providers. Throughout this course, multiple case studies will be used to illustrate applications of principles and theories in assistive technology provision. 
 
While this course is designed to cover the basic areas of assistive technology service provision and aspects of this course may cover the general scope of the ATP certification exam, it is not a review course for the ATP exam. 
 

IC2 Full Day: Becoming An Assistive Technology “Maker” – A Hands-on Fabrication Workshop

Tuesday, June 27, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Member: Early Bird $215
Non-Member: Early Bird $285
Student: Early Bird $210
 
*Required: Essential Supplies Fee $30
 
Primary Subject Area: JEA Job & Environmental Accommodation–Including Ergonomics
Content Level: TBD
 
The “Makers Movement” continues to gain moment nationally. Local, state and regional “maker spaces” are popping up across the country in order to fabricate device and products in a timely fashion. This workshop embraces rapid fabrication techniques using an assortments of sustainable and reusable materials for creation of assistive technology devices that can be used in multiple ways to maximize independence at home, work, school, and play. This hands-on fabrication workshop will discuss, demonstrate and provide participants with new tools, materials, and techniques for fabricating hundreds of assistive technology devices in minutes. In addition, participants will fabricate six different multiuse devices.
 

IC3 Full Day: The essence of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package- Basic Level

Tuesday, June 27, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Member: Early Bird $215
Non-Member: Early Bird $285
Student: Early Bird $210
 
Primary Subject Area: INT Internationally Appropriate Technology
Content Level: TBD
 
The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals developed a combined online and in-person training, the Hybrid Course, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training Package - Basic Level. The purpose of the Hybrid is to decrease the cost of training and increase the number of people trained worldwide. The Hybrid was piloted in India, Mexico, Colombia, and the USA and proved to be an effective approach in increasing knowledge on basic wheelchair provision. This instructional course was designed to be suitable for pre-conferences and reach participants interested in updating their skills and knowledge according to the WHO guidelines.
 

IC5 Half Day Morning: The EADL Experience

Tuesday, June 27, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Member/Student: Early Bird $150
Non-Member: Early Bird $200
 
Primary Subject Area: OUT Service Delivery and Outcomes
Content Level: TBD
 
Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL) offer Patients  enhanced independence, quality of life, and safety. Unfortunately these systems can be expensive, involve a complex installation, and are not covered by insurance. For these reasons it can be difficult to trial and recommend the most appropriate EADL systems for Patients. This Instructional course will provide a detailed overview of traditional EADL systems and consumer electronic solutions. Additionally, participants will be given the opportunity for hands on setup and usage of various EADL systems related to specific case studies.
 
Tuesday, June 27, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Member/Student: Early Bird $150
Non-Member: Early Bird $200
 
Primary Subject Area: COG Cognitive and Sensory Impairments
Content Level: TBD

While the technological challenges of speech recognition (SR) have been overcome in the last ten years through the power of cloud computing, the pedagogical challenge of teaching K-12 students to use SR for writing has not been adequately addressed. A scaffolded teaching approach is needed. This intensive course unpacks SR through the lens of the AT process. Our motto is “You don’t know until you try it!” Consideration leads directly to 8 scaffolded steps for teaching SR to children. Assessment strategies are  embedded in each teaching step to document effectiveness. Implementation and progress monitoring strategies round out the AT process.
 

IC7 Half Day Afternoon: Measurement Approaches and Tools for the Accessibility of the Built Environment

Tuesday, June 27, 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Member/Student: Early Bird $150
Non-Member: Early Bird $200
 
Primary Subject Area: TBD
Content Level: TBD
 
Numerous assessments exist to measure accessibility of built environments, both residential and public. Comprehensive assessment is a complex process integrating how space is used along with design elements for optimal function. This instructional course provides a history of accessibility assessment, a review of current and developing assessments, and hands-on opportunities to trial current tools and preview state-of-the-science products designed for mobile devices. A group of experts in accessibility and universal design assessment will lead discussions around practical implications of inter-professional teams and collaborations with different stakeholders. Take home materials specifically designed for this course will be provided.
 

IC8 Half Day Afternoon: Hands-On With 3D Design and Printing for Assistive Technology: Learn From 4 Expert Users in The Field

Tuesday, June 27, 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Member/Student: Early Bird $150
Non-Member: Early Bird $200
 
Primary Subject Area: New Emerging Technology
Content Level: TBD
 
This instructional course provides a hands-on introduction to 3D design & printing with examples from AT for ADLs, seating, toys and prosthetics. Low cost options for design software, 3D scanning and 3D printing will be discussed and  a large hands-on period will allow trialing of this technology. Attendees will be able to describe how 3D printing works, list use cases in ADL tech, seating, adaptive toys & prosthetics, justifications for using 3D printing and low cost ways to access 3D design & printing.