This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.

  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit

Home   About   Certification   Resources   Membership   Contact Us  


Student Design Competition accepting submissions
RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Student Design Competition is open to undergraduate or graduate students from any discipline with a creative and innovative design that will assist an individual with a disability to function more independently. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design and usefulness to people with disabilities. The RESNA SDC has a long history of providing a forum for the work of energetic students representing a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering, computer information science and architecture. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology. Interested student teams must register through the website by April 27 and then submit their project by May 4. More

Announcing 'State of the Science' in AAC on June 28
RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AAC-RERC, a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of AAC technology, will host a "State of the Science" conference on June 28 as a pre-RESNA conference event. The conference will include presentations by leading AAC researchers, responses from invited panelists, and organized small group discussions with conference participants. "State of the Science" has limited enrollment, and participation is by invitation only. Please see the AAC-RERC website for more information. More

RESNA Conference Schedule Update — June 28-July 3 in Baltimore
RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Registration is open for the two-day Fundamentals Course in Assistive Technology (June 28-June 29), the General Conference (June 30–July 2) and post-conference instructional courses (July 3). Participants can earn 1.4 IACET Continuing Education Units for the Fundamentals Course, up to 1.4 IACET CEUs for the General Conference, and up to 0.8 IACET CEUs for the instructional courses.

General Conference workshop abstracts are available on the website; a full conference schedule will follow shortly. Post-conference Instructional Course offerings, scheduled for June 3, are now posted on the website. Three full-day courses and two half-day courses are available. Members receive a discount for all sessions.

Reelabilities Disabilities Film Festival now in D.C. area until Feb. 9
RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are in the Washington, Northern Virginia or Maryland area, check out the Reel Abilities Disabilities Film Festival, going on now until Feb. 9. Started in New York in 2007, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. Films are screening at multiple theaters throughout the area. More

Quality agency releases report on wheeled mobility service delivery
RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a report showing that insufficient research on the delivery of wheeled mobility, or wheelchair, services may ultimately lead to an absence of high-quality products for consumers. The report provides an overview of the literature and expert opinions on delivery of wheeled mobility service to long-term wheelchair users with complex rehabilitation needs. More

Are you presenting at CSUN or ISS?
RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are a RESNA member and you are presenting at the CSUN conference or ISS please let the RESNA office know. We will list all RESNA members who are presenters on the website.

RESNA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference
Feb. 27–March 3
San Diego

28th International Seating Symposium
March 6-9
Vancouver, British Columbia

NEW Evoflex™ Hip Belt from Bodypoint

Takes the hassles out of hip belts . . . No tangled straps. No complicated adjustments. No more transfer hassles. It stays right where you need it!

Disclaimer: The information contained therein other than organizational news, is not intended to reflect the position or opinion of RESNA nor does RESNA endorse any vendor or product mentioned. This NewsBrief is provided solely for informational purposes. While RESNA makes every effort to be sensitive to our readers, please note that articles might contain language that some would consider offensive. We encourage our readers to contact those media outlets directly in the spirit of educating and informing journalists.

White House plans 9-city disability tour
Disability Scoop    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Obama administration officials are planning to fan out across the country starting this spring for a series of regional White House conferences to address disability issues. The regional meetings are expected to be held in Columbus, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Denver; Atlanta; Boston; Minneapolis; Orlando, Fla.; and Kansas City, Mo. starting in mid-March, with some scheduled into the summer. More

CMS revamps PMD demo, sets start date
HME News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CMS will drop the prepayment review phase from its planned power mobility device demonstration, it announced. CMS also said that PMD providers will be allowed to submit prior authorization requests on behalf of physicians.The demo, announced in November, was originally slated to start Jan. 1. It will now start on or after June 1 in seven states — California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and New York. More

Groups prepare to care for aging baby boomers
The Bakersfield Californian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The items in the geriatric sensitivity toolbox are basic: bulky gloves, dark, obstructed glasses and a pillbox full of M&Ms. The challenge is for health workers to twist open the jar and pull out one piece of candy while experiencing tunnel vision and a loss of tactile sensation. Stepping into the shoes of an older adult for just a few minutes is often enough to increase empathy levels, said Frances Wilson, a clinical nurse specialist who teaches the sensitivity class to nursing students at the University of California, Bakersfield. More

Technology gives special education students a voice
Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Caitlin McConnell sits at her desk at Albert Payson Terhune Elementary School in Wayne, N.J., and answers some questions on a worksheet. But McConnell doesn’t write her answers down with a pen. McConnell is one of several special education students in the Wayne School District who utilizes either an iPad, laptop or other personalized technology to communicate and learn. More

Boston film festival explores the lives of people with disabilities
The Patriot Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Alan Rickman is known for his "Harry Potter" films and Sigourney Weaver for her "Alien" films, but the two are equally compelling in their performances in the new REELAbilities Boston Film Festival In the film "Snow Cake", Rickman, a lonely ex-con, and Weaver, a woman with autism whose daughter has just died in a car accident, develop an unusual, unlikely friendship. More

Proposed autism diagnostic criteria roils medical community
AFP via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A proposal to use new diagnostic criteria for autism has roiled the U.S. medical community, with many experts concerned that the move could exclude children affected by some forms of the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association recently recommended that a new category called "autism spectrum disorder" be established to incorporate several forms of autism which were previously considered separately. More

ATP exam: 'We encourage people to study for it'
HME News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Andrea Van Hook, RESNA's new communications and marketing manager, says mobility providers all want the same thing from her: info about the ATP credential. Van Hook recently told HME News how to get the credential and how to keep it. More

RESNA NewsBrief
Colby Horton, vice president of publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Bianca Gibson, content editor, 469.420.2611   
Contribute news

This edition of the RESNA NewsBrief was sent to %%emailaddr%%. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
Jan. 31, 2012
Jan. 24, 2012
Jan. 17, 2011
Jan. 10, 2012

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063