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RESNA to hold virtual event 

February 1, 2021HME News Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – RESNA will hold its annual event virtually July 7-9. “The RENA 2021 Virtual Conference will bring together assistive technology professionals from a variety of disciplines to exchange ideas about the latest innovations and research helping with disabilities lead independent, healthy lives,” the organization stated. RESNA will announce the conference program in the coming weeks and will kick off registration in late February. The organization also held...

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ISS reschedules for Oct. 26, 2021

October 7, 2020HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH - The 37th International Seating Symposium, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, has been rescheduled for Oct. 26-30, 2021, in Pittsburgh. The main conference will begin on Oct. 28 and end mid-day on Oct. 30. Pre-conference workshops will take place Oct. 26-27. “We attempted to confirm that the revised schedule does not directly conflict with other events; however, the October 2021 dates are the only option to reschedule the 37th ISS,” said Mark Schmeler, associate professor/vice...

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RESNA calls for presentations

October 7, 2020HME News Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. - RESNA has put out a call for presentations for its 2021 Annual Conference scheduled for July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Its submission system will open on Nov. 1 at noon ET, and it will accept proposals through Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. RESNA seeks presentations that deliver current information, have a well-organized structure that stimulates and facilitates learning, and include discussions that draw on the expertise of participants. It's accepting...

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Adaptive Switch Lab receives RESNA award

September 30, 2020HME News Staff

ELYRIA, Ohio - Adaptive Switch Laboratories, a division of Invacare, has received a RESNA Leadership Award. The award recognizes an agency, company, association or university for its significant contributions to the advancement of the field of assistive technology and rehab engineering. “I am pleased that ASL has been recognized by our peers as a leader in leveraging technology to make meaningful improvements in the lives of those with disabilities,” said Joost Beltman, Invacare's senior...

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'Enter the RESNA universe'

June 26, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - RESNA officials say there's both “excitement and trepidation” around hosting their first virtual conference in September.The organization and its leadership decided to move forward with a virtual conference because they knew not having a conference at all would leave a gaping hole for assistive technology professionals.“The people who go to this conference—it holds a special place in their hearts,” said Andrea Van Hook, interim executive director of RESNA....

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UPitt accepting applications for assistive technology course

September 17, 2019HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Continuing Education (RSTCE) is now accepting applications for its 2020 AT CERT course. The course will cover wheelchairs, communications devices and sensory aids in a blended online and hands-on learning format. “The AT CERT course is moving into its seventh year with more than 200 past attendees who have a near perfect pass rate on the RESNA ATP certification exam,” said Mark Schmeler, PhD,...

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Assistive technology's unicorn

September 3, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ARVADA, Colo. - Michelle Lange, OTR, ATP/SMS, realized she wanted to focus her occupational therapy career on assistive technology during her first job out of college more than 30 years ago. Here's what Lange, who was recently named a RESNA Fellow and who has a private practice, Access to Independence, had to say about AT in the early years—hint, it involved a “Unicorn expanded keyboard”—and why, despite the challenges of the field, she's made if her professional life's work.HME...

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RESNA announces student finalists

June 7, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - RESNA has announced the finalists for its Student Design Challenge. This annual, international competition recognizes innovative and creative assistive technology designs by undergraduate and graduate students at major universities. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. The six finalists will travel to RESNA's 2019 annual conference, June 24-28 in Toronto to present their work prototypes to a panel of industry judges. The top...

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RESNA accredits first group of universities

May 31, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Three universities have now earned accreditation with RESNA for their assistive technology and rehab engineering programs: University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. RESNA launched its accreditation program, in conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Education Programs, last year. Graduates of these accredited programs are ready for employment and prepared for assuming the role of assistive technology professional...

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Numotion to distribute Independence Drive

April 12, 2019HME News Staff

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Numotion has signed a deal to distribute Independence Drive, a technology that enables power wheelchair users to control their wheelchairs with their eyes. The technology was developed in response to a challenge by former NFL player Steve Gleason, who lives with ALS. The system will be available nationally in late May of this year. “Independence Drive is one of the most exciting innovations we've seen in our industry,” said Mike Swinford, CEO of Numotion. “The...

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