RESNA 2015: a rich environment for new insights, new inspirations, and new relationships

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1:30pm
Category: 
Conference News

Message from the Conference Chair

By John Anschutz, ATP, RET 

It is with great pleasure that I share our RESNA 2015 conference highlights. This year a special emphasis was placed on encouraging presenters to up the interaction level where ever possible. As a result, our talented RESNA members have responded strongly with instructional courses and workshops that are of excellent quality. I’m excited that our program will introduce RESNA members to the “Maker Movement,” with examples of leveraging social design and development opportunities. In addition to the outstanding courses and workshops we traditionally offer, we have two new instructional courses on 3D printing and microcontrollers, and workshops on wearables, brain-computer interfaces, and new cognitive technologies. Also new this year, the scientific program will feature a “rapid fire” presentation session where authors will have 60 seconds to introduce their work, allowing attendees to identify the research efforts in which they have the most interest, so they can then interact with the authors one-on-one. 
 
As always, beyond the excellent program there is the opportunity to network with your RESNA family. The conference is always a time to connect, converse, and make new friends. This is such a rich environment, with instructional courses, hands-on workshops, scientific papers, design contests, a developer’s forum, multiple networking opportunities, and the best exhibitors of our industry, all taking place in a fantastic location to provide perhaps the most interactive RESNA conference experience in history. Please make plans to attend this year. You will definitely take away new insights, inspiration and relationships to fuel and accelerate the important work that we do.
 
I look forward to seeing you in Denver!
 
Editor's note: John Anschutz is Manager of Assistive Technology at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. To contact John, e-mail him at john.anschutz@shepherd.org