Position Papers, White Papers, and Provision Guides

A RESNA Position Paper on Clinical Practice is an official statement by the organization that, based on the consensus of experts and evidence summarizes current research and best-practice trends in relevant areas of Assistive Technology. These Position Papers on Clinical Practice, issued by the international professional organization, declare the necessity (medical and/or functional) of specific assistive technology devices and services under appropriate circumstances, and guide practitioners in decision making. 

Procedures for the Development and Approval of RESNA Position Papers (PDF)

Approved RESNA Position Papers

Title

Language

Date

Notes

RESNA's Position on the Application of Power Mobility Devices for Pediatric Users

English

November
2017

New Update

The Application of Seat Elevating Devices

English

June
2010

 

The Application of Tilt, Recline, and Elevating Legrests for Wheelchairs

English

February
2015

New Update

Spanish

November
2018

New Update

The Application of Wheelchair Standing Devices

English

December
2013

 

Spanish

November
2018

New Update

RESNA's Position on Wheelchairs used as Seats in Motor Vehicles

English

 

New Update

Spanish

June 2019

New Update

The Application of Ultralight Manual Wheelchairs

English

March
2012

 

Spanish

September
2018

New Update

The Application of Wheelchairs, Seating Systems, and Secondary Supports for Positioning vs. Restraint

English

June
2013

 

Spanish

 

New Update

RESNA Position Paper on the Use of Evacuation Chairs

English

May
2015

 

Archived Position Papers

RESNA Position on the Application of Pediatric Power (2009)

RESNA Position on the Application of Tilt, Recline and Elevating Legrests for Wheelchairs (2010)

RESNA Position on the Application of Wheelchair Standing Devices (2009)

Wheelchair Service Provision Guide

The purpose of the Wheelchair Service Provision Guide is to provide an appropriate framework for identifying the essential steps in the provision of a wheelchair. It is designed for use by all participants in the provision process including consumers, family members, caregivers, social service and health care professionals, suppliers, manufacturers, funding source personnel, and policy makers. This Guide does not specifically address requirements associated with any particular funding source. It provides guidance regarding when funding issues should be addressed in the process, and how to address them with the client, so that he or she is able to make informed decisions. 

Wheelchair Service Provision Guide

Rehabilitation Engineering Professional White Paper

The Rehabilitation Engineering Professional white paper is meant as a guide to describe the typical rehabilitation engineering professions in their most generic forms. The consensus accumulated in this paper and the iterative methods used to aggregate the content, states a majority perspective of current rehabilitation engineering professionals. This document provides a framework for future discussions on the advancement of rehabilitation engineering with the goal of improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities through the application of science and technology.

The white paper defines the role of rehabilitation engineering professionals based on descriptions found in the literature and historical experience of stakeholders. Furthermore, it describes the role of rehabilitation engineering professionals in numerous work settings and describes current and future education and training opportunities. Finally, the white paper provides multiple case studies on the role of rehabilitation engineering professionals in a trans disciplinary assistive technology service delivery process.

Rehabilitation Engineering Profession White Paper 2017

Position Papers Open for Comment

RESNA Position on the Application of Seat-Elevation Devices for Power Wheelchair Users Literature Update (2019)