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Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

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The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is a multidisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Its mission statement notes that RESNA's mission is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology through promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the assistive technology service providers engaged in these activities.

RESNA was started in August [[1979] at a meeting of the Inter-Agency Conference on Rehabilitation Engineering. Over 200 people at the meeting requested membership in the new organization. Jim Reswick was elected as first president and Jan Little as secretary.[1]

In 1993 RESNA left SBA to become a self-managed organization. Currently, RESNA has over 1,000 members, the bulk of whom are concentrated in the US and Canada.

RESNA is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors. The current president is Jerry Weisman, MSME, ATP, RET.


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  1. RESNA History. Accessed February 4, 2008.