OK, I admit it. I’m a geek for standards. As an engineer, standards work lets me contribute to solving a problem. How do we define performance of a given Assistive Technology device? And once we define that performance, how do we test for it?
Standards work is for anyone that is interested in being on the cutting edge of Assistive Technology. Diverse standards committees bring engineering, logic, and attention to detail to the work. It’s a rewarding experience. - Glenn Hedman, PE, CPE, ATP, RET and Chair, Emergency Stair Travel Devices for People with Disabilities (ESTD)
A Geek for Standards
I decided to become ATP certified because not only did all of my job opportunities require it, but I wanted to increase my reputation and caliber as a service provider. Being certified has improved the quality of my service delivery because I fully understand, comprehend, and proactively think about how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together, particularly those that aren't part of my specialty. I am #ATP proud to provide quality service to my clients. - Meghan Donahue, MS, ATP, Rehabilitation Engineer, Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, Menomonie, WI
The ATP certification has opened up so many doors in the field for me. I received notices about my last two jobs simply because I am an ATP. It has validated my credentials as an assistive technology professional. I am #ATPproud that it gives me clout as a knowledgeable practitioner in the field. - Allison Shipp, PhD, ATP, CRC, CAPS, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, STAR Center, Jackson, TN
I pursued the ATP certification because having a broad-based knowledge of assistive technology across the lifespan was really relevant to the work I was doing in the K-12 setting. The ATP establishes my professionalism with parents and other staff members, and my dedication to the field because I have to keep up my certification through ongoing professional development. I am #ATPproud to have a connection to the wider world of assistive technology, not just to the AT practice in my own setting. - Daniel Cochrane, MA, MS, ATP, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL
Connection to a wider world
As a rehabilitation engineer, I work with adults of all disabilities. The ATP certification shows that I am part of an industry, and not just doing things on my own. It establishes a level of competence, and with the education requirement to maintain the certification, continued excellence in providing assistive technology. I am #ATPproud to use my technical skills to improve the lives of people with disabilities. - Antoinette Verdone, MSBME, ATP, ImproveAbility, Austin, TX
I was relatively new to the AT field. I wanted to make sure I had basic proficiency, and I wanted something that would set me apart. The ATP certification gave me the confidence to know I had achieved an internationally accepted standard in assistive technology provision, and had a good understanding of general AT knowledge. It also gave me the opportunity to show others what I had achieved, and provided me with a community of practice. I am #ATPproud to contribute to a community of my peers who are all working towards a common goal of independence for individuals with disabilities. - Emma Smith, MScOT, ATP/SMS, Jump Start Occupational Therapy, Inc. , Vancouver, British Columbia
Standing out from the crowd
With life experience and continuing education, I’ve worked hard to achieve the level of assistive technology understanding that I have. The ATP certification shows that I have this advanced knowledge. I can reply with confidence when a parent asks if I’m qualified to evaluate their child. I can defend many of my professional decisions and back it up with global knowledge. As an ATP working in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), I am #ATPproud to give my students a voice and help families HEAR the thoughts of their loved ones. - Elizabeth Christensen, MA/CCC-SLP/L, ATP, Proviso Area for Exceptional Children, Maywood, IL
Giving my students a voice
For those that have a calling and a heart for rehab, RESNA is the place that gives you roots. The networking is so important, and it goes so deep. You realize that it’s not all up in your head, that there are all of these people out there. RESNA has kept me in the field, has given me focus, and has been a steering force in my career as a rehabilitation engineer. ---Casmir Usiatynski, Rehabilitation Engineer and RESNA Member
Casmir Usiatynski, Rehabilitation Engineer and RESNA Member
For those that have a calling and a heart for rehab, RESNA is the place that gives you roots. The networking is so important, and it goes so deep. You realize that it’s not all up in your head, that there are all of these people out there. RESNA has kept me in the field, has given me focus, and has been a steering force in my career as a rehabilitation engineer.