Standards committees on inclusive fitness, wheelchairs seek members

Date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm
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Standards News

The RESNA standards committees on inclusive fitness and wheelchairs will be holding open meetings during the RESNA 2015 annual conference in Denver, CO. In addition, both committees are seeking new members to represent the diversity of the field. 

The next meeting of RESNA Standards Committee on Inclusive Fitness will be held 12 June 2015 in Denver, CO, 11:45 am MT, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Grand Plaza Court 3. Meetings are open to anyone; voting on documents requires membership. The committee last met virtually on 20 March 2015, following the IHRSA Conference. Twelve people participated in this meeting and discussed outreach to NuStep, NSA, Octane, ACE, and ASCM made at IHRSA; the current status of the UNESCO work in Ireland and how it may be applicable to the US; developing a RESNA mark or Inclusive Fitness symbol for equipment meeting the ASTM F3021/F3022 standards; and 3rd party testing. 
 
The goal of the committee is to develop standards and/or guidelines to assist fitness facility operators, trainers, and staff members increase the accessibility of their fitness environment, including layout, equipment, and programming for people of all abilities. It is important to the work of the committee to have participating members from various aspects of expertise in the field of exercise, including consumers/caregiver/advocates, government, fitness facility staff/trainers, fitness equipment manufacturers, research & development, and test labs, testing assessment & clinical experts. Please click here to visit the committee page and download information about membership.
 
The next meeting of RESNA Standards Committee on Wheelchairs will be held 10-11 June  2015 in Denver, CO, 8:30am – 5:30pm MT, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Beverly Room. Meetings are open to anyone; voting on documents requires membership. The committee has been meeting virtually on a regular basis to revise their published standards (WC-1 and WC-2).  These standards affect wheelchair users, caregivers and organizations representing the technical needs of persons with mobility impairments, assistive technology practitioners and assistive technology suppliers of wheelchairs and mobility devices, the Food and Drug Administration that manages wheelchairs as medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Medicare Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) who establish coding guidelines and establish policy for the provision of mobility technologies. These standards also affect manufacturers of wheelchairs, researchers, designers and test laboratories of mobility devices.
 
The committee is seeking additional members with various aspects of expertise pertaining to wheelchairs. The committee is currently looking for manufacturer-suppliers, government, consumers, and others. Please click here to visit the committee page and download information about membership.
 
RESNA is a standards developing organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Board is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ANSI for the development of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards pertaining to assistive technology and other products for persons with disabilities. For more information, contact Yvonne Meding in the RESNA office.