RESNA is engaged in a number of international efforts to promote the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology; advocate for access to technology solutions for people with disabilities; and facilitate the exchange of ideas, research, and technologies. For more information about our international alliances, or to become involved, please contact the RESNA office.
United Nations Consultative Status
RESNA has consultative status at the United Nations (UN) as the world’s leading authority in the fields of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. This designation allows RESNA to participate in UN meetings and provide expert testimony on issues related to people with disabilities, assistive technology, and rehabilitation engineering. Most recently, RESNA participated in the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 23, 2013 in New York City to discuss how disability and assistive technology should be mainstreamed in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda.
World Health Organization
The Alliance of Assistive Technology Professional Organizations
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)
AAATEC/o Institute Integriert Studieren, Linz, AustriaPhone: +43 732 2468 3758Fax: +43 732 2468 3752Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA)
Phone: +20 602 750 949
Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan (RESJA)
Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Korea (RESKO)
Phone: +82 70 7582 0499
Taiwan Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society (TREATS)
Phone: +886 2 2737 2181 ext. 1236
International Special Interest Group
RESNA's International Special Interest Group, or I-SIG, is a forum for RESNA members and others who are interested and/or active in providing services or conducting research relative to assistive technology in developing countries and other resource limited environments. Through participating in this forum and establishing networks, individual members benefit from the shared experiences of other International SIG members and have opportunities to collaborate on international assistive technology projects.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
RESNA supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that outlines the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill and ensure the rights of people with disabilities. While Canada and 150 other countries have ratified the treaty, the United States Senate has yet to do so. Please see the Government Relations webpage for more information, or visit the CRPD ratification campaign webpage.