Q&A with Mike Brogioli
BALTIMORE – Mike Brogioli has a long history of working on behalf of organizations that benefit people with disabilities, including a position as executive director of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. In September, he took the reins at RESNA as its new executive director. He recently spoke to HME News about his plans for the association.
HME News: Why did you feel this position would be a good fit?
Mike Brogioli: I’ve worked for many years on behalf of and with people with disabilities. What drew me was RESNA’s core mission of using technology to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. These aren’t abstract concepts—we’re using real technology to help someone live, work and play in their communities.
HME: What are your thoughts on the assistive technology practitioner (ATP) and seating and mobility specialist (SMS) credentials?
Brogioli: The ATP certification piece is as important or more important that anything else we do. The designation says to consumers, “This professional knows what they’re doing.” The SMS is a good step, as well, and it’s headed in the right direction. There is real and perceived value in it.
HME: What are you goals in your new position?
Brogioli: It’s an ongoing challenge to make new technology accessible and affordable. As I become more fluent in the industry, I want to help connect the dots within RESNA and form new links and stronger partnerships with groups like NCART, NRRTS, United Spinal and United Cerebral Palsy.