Call for Proposals

The 2020 annual conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, VA.

  • The conference Call for Proposals will open soon.
  • Instructional Courses: TBD
    • Instructional Courses revolve around the topic of the development and application of advanced rehabilitation technology.
  • Workshops and Symposia: TBD
    • Workshops distinguish themselves in the field because the presenters work to make the learning experience innovative, interdisciplinary, and informative. ​Presenters should aim to:
    1. Deliver current information,
    2. Have a well-organized structure that stimulates and facilitates learning, and
    3. Include discussions that draw on the participants’ own expertise.
    • Symposia are similar to workshops but are presented by a minimum of three (3) experts / specialists who deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics. Audience engagement is vital and 3 or more content experts are sure to offer an audience great opportunity for vast expertise available for audience questions and answers. Presenters should make the experience innovative, interdisciplinary, and informative by:
      1. Delivering current information,
      2. Having a well-organized structure that stimulates and facilitates learning, and
      3. Including discussions that draw on the participants’ own expertise. 
Presenters can conduct the 90-minute sessions in a variety of formats with a single speaker (workshops) or panel of speakers (symposium); hands-on demonstrations; audience-driven show & tells and other types of creative methods of information exchange. Each session must include a visual component (such as a PowerPoint presentation), a hands-on or demonstration component where possible, handouts, and at least a 15-minute, well-moderated discussion period. We encouraging proposals to use audience participation and group activities for more interactive sessions as a primary mechanism for sharing information and learning.
  • Scientific Papers: TBD
    • ​The Scientific Paper platform allows teams to submit their work for review to present at the Annual Conference. Accepted submissions will be able to present at the conference and a select group will be able to present their research during a specific paper platform. Authors can choose to have their full paper published online or a shorter abstract published in the conference proceedings.
  • Student Scientific Papers: TBD
    • The Student Scientific Paper Competition platform encourages teams composed of undergraduate or graduate students to submit a proposal for presentation at the Annual Conference. The four (4) highest rated submissions will be awarded as SSPC Winners. These authors will be invited to present their paper in a dedicated SSPC Platform Session. The Winners (i.e. one student author from each winning submission) will receive a free conference registration, 3 nights’ accommodation at the conference hotel, and a one-year RESNA Student Membership. In addition, four (4) papers will be selected for Honorable Mention in the Poster Session and the presenting student will receive a free conference registration and a one-year RESNA Student Membership.
  • Student Design Competition: TBD
    • The RESNA Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. 

The conference selections will commence in late winter, with notifications sent in early spring.The conference schedule will be released in spring.

For additional questions about the RESNA 2020 Conference, contact or Julien Williams at or (703) 524-6686, Ext. 306.
For general questions, contact the RESNA 2020 Conference Committee Chair.