Learning the Fundamentals: RESNA's Intro Course for Assistive Technology Professionals
By Andrea Van Hook, RESNA
Please note that while this particular CEU training event has passed, more RESNA education opportunities can be found at www.resna.org.
RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, is offering its popular, two-day course, "Fundamentals in Assistive Technology" in conjunction with Abilities Expo on May 1-2, 2014 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ. This course is designed for professionals who are new to the assistive technology field, as well as established AT professionals who wish to expand their knowledge base.
The same course will be offered at at Abilities Expo Chicago (June 26-27, 2014) and Abilities Expo Boston (September 4-5, 2014).
RESNA is the premier professional membership organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas.
The Fundamentals course is designed to provide professionals with the grounding and tools necessary to systematically and consistently approach assistive technology provision in order to achieve high quality results and customer satisfaction. The course uses case studies to illustrate the application of principles and theories of assistive technology and encourage dialogue between the experienced instructors, all of whom are RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professionals, and the students.
The course includes:
- Defining and describing common pathologies of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease, etc., and the clinical issues related to the assistive technology needs of clients with these different conditions.
- Developing an understanding of what's involved in an assistive technology assessment, such as the ability to write an outcome measurement and list the components of a general assessment process.
- Learning about issues that affect service delivery such as funding, product development, design principles, liability issues, consumer empowerment and more.
- Learning about how technology features, products and theories apply to selecting, recommending and applying technology interventions.
- Identifying and understanding the application of different features of mobility technologies, augmentative communication devices, computer access technologies, electronic aids to daily living technologies, sensory technologies and more.
Rehabilitation and education professionals working with assistive technology, including suppliers, technologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers and educators will find this course valuable. While the course covers assistive technology service provision and aspects of this course may cover the general scope of the RESNA-ATP certification exam, please note that this is not a review course for the exam.
The cost is $345 for RESNA members, $460 for non-members, and $315 for students. RESNA is authorized by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this program. For more information, and to download a course description and flyer, please visit www.resna.org.
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