Call for Proposals

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

  • The conference Call for Proposals is now open!
  • Scientific PapersDue by Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
    • 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 PapersDue by Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
    • 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 ChallengeDue by Friday,  March 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT
    • The RESNA Student Design Challenge (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. 
  • Instructional CoursesThe call for proposals is now closed
    • Instructional Courses revolve around the topic of the development and application of advanced rehabilitation technology.
  • WorkshopsThe call for proposals is now closed
    • Workshops distinguish themselves in the field because the presenters work to make the learning experience innovative, interdisciplinary, and informative. ​Presenters should aim to:
    • Deliver current information,
    • Have a well-organized structure that stimulates and facilitates learning, and
    • Include discussions that draw on the participants’ own expertise

Presenters can conduct the 60-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 10-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.

The conference selections will commence in November/December. Our goal is to notify presenters by early January. The schedule will be announced in February. 

For additional questions about the RESNA 2020 Conference, contact

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For general questions, contact the RESNA 2020 Conference Committee Chair

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