RESNA Offers Course on Technology Solutions for People with Disabilities

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"Fundamentals in Assistive Technology," a course for professionals that work with people with disabilities, is April 25 & 26 at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill in Hartford, CT. This basic level course covers almost every type of technology used by people with disabilities, including how the technology can be adapted or customized for individuals.

The Fundamentals course is designed for professionals that assess, evaluate, configure, procure, or service assistive technology for people with disabilities.

RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, is offering “Fundamentals in Assistive Technology,” an introductory course for professionals about technology solutions for people with disabilities, at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill (120 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT 06112) on April 25-26.

The two-day, in-person course is designed for professionals that assess, evaluate, configure, procure or service assistive technology for people with disabilities. Medical case management staff and insurance claim reviewers will also find the course helpful. Assistive technology can be as simple as speed dial on a telephone, which helps someone with a motor impairment from having to push several buttons, to disability-specific solutions such as computer screen readers, power wheelchairs, and communication devices.

The Fundamentals course provides a broad overview of almost every type of assistive technology, including how the technology is used or adapted depending on the disability. Real-life case studies illustrate the principles and theories in assistive technology provision. The intensive curriculum is perfect for assistive technology professionals who are new to the field, or those who are working in a specific area and would like to broaden their expertise. Physical therapists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, mobility suppliers, rehabilitation engineers, and students studying assistive technology will find the course relevant to their daily professional lives.

The course fee is $465; RESNA members pay $350, and students pay $315. For more information and on-line registration, visit

The instructors are Barbara Crane, PhD, PT, ATP, a physical therapist by training and the coordinator of the Wheelchair Assessment Service for Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT; and Glen Ashlock, MS, ATP, a rehabilitation engineer at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Ann Arbor, MI. Both are RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP) with extensive experience in the field.

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RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional 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 to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency.

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