Approximately 450-500 assistive technology professionals from around the world will be convening this week in Denver, Colorado, for the annual conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). This unique, multi-disciplinary gathering attracts professionals across all assistive technology specialties, including seating and mobility, communication, computer access, universal design, robotics, brain computer interface, and more. RESNA is June 10-14 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Click here for the conference website.
Included as part of the conference is the Assistive Technology Pavilion, which will feature exhibitors offering many different cutting-edge technologies, some of which are not even on the market yet. The public is invited to visit the AT Pavilion for free on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 2pm to 5pm.
What is assistive technology? It is equipment to improve or maintain a person’s independence; provide a better quality of life; and assist a person in becoming more productive in their community.
What kinds of things can people expect to see? People can expect to see wheelchair accessible vehicles; manual and power wheelchairs; communication devices; innovative home controls; safety beds and adaptable furniture; computer applications; robotic arms; and much more. Here are some You Tube videos from just a few of the exhibitors of technologies that will either be on exhibit or people can find out about:
- Chariot Mobility's wheelchair-accessible electric vehicle
- Innovations Health JACO robotic arm
- Quantum Rehab iLevel Power Wheelchair
- WHILL Personal Mobility Device
Where is the Assistive Technology Pavilion? Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place, Denver, Colorado, 80202. Phone: (303) 893-3333.
- Friday, June 12 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
- Saturday, June 13 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm