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CREDENTIALING PROGRAM IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Anjali Weber

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WHAT IS CERTIFICATION?

Certification is the process by which a nongovernmental agency or association validates an individual's qualifications and knowledge in a defined functional or clinical area.

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WHY HAVE CERTIFICATION?

The purpose of certification is to validate an individual's qualifications and knowledge in a defined functional or clinical area. Credentialing provides practice-related knowledge based requirements against which members of a profession can be assessed. Studies show over 25% technology abandonment rate

RESNA's credentialing program was developed to ensure consumer safeguards and increase consumer satisfaction

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WHY IS TECHNOLOGY ABANDONED?

1) It didn't do what it was supposed to do

2) It worked, but it was inconvenient or impractical to use

3) Consumer not involved in decision-making

4) It inhibited some other important function

5) It couldn't be modified or upgraded to meet changing needs

6) It was too cumbersome or unattractive

7) Functional needs of user changed

8) Medical intervention (surgery, medications) made it unusable

9) Use of the technology increased medical or safety risk

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CHANNELS OF AWARENESS FOR EXPLORING AT OPTIONS:

Before contacting a professional specializing in AT service delivery, the educated and informed end user can do some research through:

1) Reading articles and advertisements in related publications

2) Attending trade shows and conferences

3) Visiting websites

4) Speaking to other AT users

5) Visiting dealer showrooms

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PERSONS INTERESTED IN AT INTERVENTION MAY CONTACT:

1) Clinics specializing in AT service delivery

2) School professionals

3) Physicians and other medical professionals 4) Vocational Rehabilitation

5) Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers

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METHODS OF SELECTING QUALIFIED ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS

1) "Word of mouth"

2) Established contracts or awarded bids

2) Referral from medical professional

3) Checking references, experience, education of provider

4) Licensure or credentials

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RESNA'S CREDENTIALING PROGRAM

RESNA undertook credentialing process in 1992 to

- Identify qualified service providers by testing fundamental knowledge - Set standards to measure competence and guide professional conduct

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About RESNA

RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. We are an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Our purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology.

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About RESNA credentials

Currently two credentials : Assistive Technology Practitioner

Assistive Technology Supplier

Development of Rehabilitation Technologist and Rehabilitation

Engineer credentials

Do NOT have to be a RESNA member in order to be certified

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Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP)

Professionals primarily involved in analysis of a consumer's needs, development and implementation of a plan to meet those needs, and provision of training in use of a particular device.

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Assistive Technology Supplier (ATS)

Professionals primarily involved in the sale and service of commercially available devices, including mixing and matching components to meet individual needs.

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HOW ARE THE CREDENTIALS ACQUIRED?

Meeting eligibility requirements to sit for RESNA's certification exam Passing of the exam

Agreeing to adhere to Code of Ethics and RESNA's Standards of Practice

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A. Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in a Rehabilitation Science and a .25 full time equivalent (FTE) in Assistive Technology direct consumer related services for a minimum of 2 years.

B. Associate's Degree in a Rehabilitation Science and a .50 FTE in Assistive Technology direct consumer related services for a minimum of 2 years.

C Bachelor's Degree in a non-Rehabilitation Science and a .50 FTE in Assistive Technology direct consumer related services for a minimum of 4 years.

D. Associate's Degree in a non-Rehabilitation Science and a 1 FTE in Assistive Technology direct consumer related services for a minimum of 4 years.

E. High School Degree and a 1 FTE in Assistive Technology direct consumer related services for a minimum of 4 years.

For Assistive Technology Supplier Candidates only:

F. High School Degree and a 1 FTE in Assistive Technology direct consumer related services for a minimum of 2 years.

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HOW WAS THE EXAM DEVELOPED?

RESNA's certification process has been developed over a period of approximately four years using professional expertise and widely recognized and accepted protocols.

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WHO OVERSEES THE PROCESS?

Role of Professional Standards Board

Role of Operating Board

Test development consultants (Knapp & Associates)

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About the exam

200 multiple-choice questions.

150 answered by all candidates

50 based on case presentations, different for practitioner vs. supplier

Foundation knowledge (psychology, sociology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, ethics, product knowledge, evaluation techniques, policy)

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RESNA'S STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

Set of rules to govern practice of AT delivery Promotes high ethical standards

Stresses cooperation, team building, followup Promotes collaboration

Encourages referral to others when beyond provider's area of expertise SLIDE 18

RIGHTS/RESTRICTIONS WITH RESNA CREDENTIALS

Voluntary certification

Not a license, can't practice outside of state req'ts Use of initials to distinguish successful candidates

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WHAT CREDENTIALING MEANS TO THE CONSUMER AND PAYOR

1) Demonstrated knowledge of assistive technology,

2) Professionalism, as governed by the RESNA Standards of Practice 3) Education and Experience required to meet eligibility standards 4) Professional oversight by the RESNA Professional Standards

Board

Directory of credentialed providers available on RESNA's web page

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HOW DOES RESNA ADJUDICATE IN MATTERS OF CERTIFICATION?

PSB will investigate formal written complaints submitted with documentation Can revoke credential due to fraud, abuse, incompetence

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HOW TO REACH US:
1700 North Moore Street
Phone #: (703)524-6686 ext 300
Suite 1540 Fax #: (703)524-6630
Arlington, VA 22209-1903
TTY #: (703)524-6639
e-mail: cert@resna.org 

RESNA Website: http://www.resna.org


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