Fundamentals in Assistive Technology - Course Description

Fundamentals in Assistive Technology  is a two-day, in-person course. RESNA delivers the popular course a few times a year at different locations in the United States and abroad.  

Course Modules and Learning Outcomes

Clinical Applications of AT

  • Recognize the major disabilities that use Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Identify particular features of AT that can help certain impairments
  • Identify etiologies and pathologies involved in disabilities that can benefit from assistive technology

Assessment

  • Identify the steps in an AT assessment
  • Identify appropriate goals and outcome measures for an intervention

Service Delivery

  • Recognize ethical dilemmas that can arise when delivering AT services
  • Identify legislation that shapes services provided to adults and children
  • Identify AT funding sources

Seating

  • Identify the impairments that cause a person to need seating technology
  • Identify the steps in evaluating clients for seating technology
  • Identify the major characteristics and features of different seating technologies

Access

  • Identify the major principles and goals for access to assistive technology
  • Identify the steps in assessing clients for access to assistive technology
  • Identify features of access technologies

Mobility

  • Identify the impairments that cause a person to need mobility technology
  • Identify the steps in assessing clients for mobility technology
  • Identify the major characteristics and features of different mobility technologies

AAC

  • Identify the major communication needs of persons with disabilities
  • Identify the major characteristics of AAC devices

Computer Access

  • To identify technologies for adapting standard input and output devices
  • Identify alternatives to using standard input and output devices
  • Identify performance enhancers for computer access

EADL

  • Recognize the definition of Electronic Aids to Daily Living
  • Identify functional applications of specific Electronic Aids to Daily Living
  • Distinguish between transmission methods for specific Electronic Aids to Daily Living

Sensory

  • Recognize the most common personal needs for assistive technology associated with deafness or hearing impairment
  • Recognize appropriate technologies for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment
  • Recognize appropriate technologies for people who have vision loss or blindness

SAMPLE Course Agenda (Course start/end times may vary.  Course delivered at RESNA 2017 conference in New Orleans on June 26 and 27 will start at 8:30 and end at 5:30.)

Day One:

7:30 Check-in
8:00 - 8:15 Introduction / Overview
8:15 - 9:15 Application of Clinical Fundamentals
9:15 - 9:30 Break
9:30 - 10:30 Application of Clinical Fundamentals (continued)
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Application of Clinical Fundamentals (continued)
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 - 2:30 AT Provision: Assessment
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:15 Issues in Service Delivery
4:15 - 4:30 Questions and Discussion

Day Two:

8:00 - 9:00 Seating and Positioning Technologies
9:00 - 9:15 Break
9:15 - 10:15 Accessing the Technology
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 Mobility
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 - 1:30 Augmentative Communication Technologies
1:30 - 1:45 Break
1:45 - 2:45 Computer Access
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:00 Electronic Aids to Daily Living
4:00 - 5:00 Sensory Technologies

Continuing Education Units

RESNA awards 1.4 IACET CEUs to learners who attend the course and satisfy the following criteria afterwards:

  • pass a quiz based on the course's learning outcomes
  • complete a course evaluation survey

Faculty

The course is typically delivered by two faculty members, including one engineer and one clinician:

Clinicians Engineers
Barb Crane Glen Ashlock
Michelle Lange Peggy Barker
Jill Sparacio Jerry Weisman

Relevant Policies

For more information about course CEUs, documentation and records, and payment and cancellations, please visit the Continuing Education Policies page.

Upcoming courses

Courses are added to RESNA's schedule on an ongoing basis.  Please visit RESNA's course schedule to check for upcoming Fundamentals courses.

Host the Fundamentals Course

To inquire about hosting RESNA's Fundamentals, please email RESNA's Education Manager, Melissa Campbell.