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Many persons with disabilities must rely on the use of assistive technology to help them participate in activities of daily living, employment, and education. Acquiring this technology may require professional assistance. To ensure consumer safety, satisfaction, and optimum function in their use of assistive technology and rehabilitation services, it is important that consumers have a way of identifying qualified people who: 1) specialize in the evaluation or supply of assistive technology services and devices, and 2) can provide the necessary training on their use.

RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) has developed three credentials that recognize a demonstrated level of professional competence in the service provision of Assistive Technology: the ATP, ATS, and RET.

  • Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) - A service provider who is involved in analysis of a consumer’s needs, fitting and training in the use of a particular device.
  • Assistive Technology Supplier (ATS) - A service provider who is involved with the sale and service of rehab equipment, assistive technology and commercially available products or devices.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET) - A person who applies engineering principles to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. An individual must obtain the ATP credential prior obtaining the RET credential.

Credentialed service providers must meet specific education and professional experience levels, and must demonstrate knowledge of assistive technology, as shown by passing a credentialing exam. According to RESNA, several thousand individuals hold these credentials.