RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency. RESNA is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit membership association
The organization's legal name is RESNA.
RESNA's goal is "To maximize the health and well being of people with disabilities through technology."
The purpose of RESNA is to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development,dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice of rehabilitation and assistive technology in order to achieve the highest quality of life for all citizens.
What RESNA Offers
RESNA has the following web pages relevant to its mission.:
- Annual Conference
- Assistive Technology Journal
- Assistive Technology Standards Development
- Continuing Education
- Student Design Competition
- Student Scientific Paper Competition
In addition, RESNA manages the following federal grant project. Click the link to learn more:
RESNA also works to keep members and assistive technology professionals current on technology trends and encourages collaboration and information sharing through a variety of communication tools.
RESNA participates in government affairs and public policy development at the international, federal, state and local level. Please follow the Government Relations link to learn more.
The RESNA Bylaws set forth the basic structure and abilities of the RESNA Board and the organizational bodies which it oversees, and establishes how the Board conducts business.
RESNA was founded in August 1979 by a group of engineers and scholars attending the Inter-Agency Conference on Rehabilitation Engineering. Click here to learn more about RESNA's history...
RESNA's unique logo icon incorporates the ancient legend of the Gordian knot, an intricate puzzle created to amuse Alexander the Great. The Gordian knot and its solution is a metaphor about how RESNA members solve problems by "thinking outside of the box." Click here to find out how Alexander the Great solved the puzzle.
RESNA is the only professional home for everyone that works in assistive technology; Rehabilitation and biomedical engineers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, assistive technology specialists, computer scientists and developers, inventors, researchers, educators, suppliers and manufacturers, and consumers. Member benefits, include discounts on professional development, the annual conference, a subscription to Assistive Technology Journal, on-line membership communities, and more. Visit the Membership section of the website to learn more.