Plan today for RESNA and ATIA 2021 conferences

Make your plans now for two of the best assistive technology conferences coming up in 2021: RESNA and ATIA. Be part of the RESNA conference program by submitting a proposal by Nov 30. And registration for the Jan/Feb 2021 ATIA conference is now open. Read on for details.

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Here’s your chance to submit a RESNA 2021 session proposal!

You may have heard that RESNA has extended the proposal deadline and is accepting conference session proposal until Monday, November 30th at 11:59pm ET. So now’s your chance to contribute to the innovative, interdisciplinary, and informative program that is a hallmark of the RESNA conference.

For 2021, there are several session formats:

  • “Buzz” sessions – 30-minute sessions devoted to one hot topic.
  • Workshops – 60-minute sessions which are interactive, involving audience participation as a primary means of knowledge transfer.
  • Master Classes – 75- or 90-minute sessions which are in-depth explorations, designed for advanced and experienced AT professionals.

The make-up of any of these sessions is flexible and may include one speaker, a panel of speakers, a hand-on demonstration, a show and tell, or another creative format. Topics are wide-ranging and can include anything related to assistive technology, alphabetically from AAC to Seating/mobility. Note that you can also submit a scientific paper to the conference, with a deadline of February 15, 2021.

For all the details, see RESNA’s call for proposals web page. RESNA is hoping for an in-person conference on July 7-10, but leaving the option open for a virtual conference if needed.


If you’ve been to RESNA, you know what a wonderful conference it is. If you haven’t, check out my blog posts on the 2018 and 2019 conferences for an idea.

Whether you’ve attended in the past or not, please consider submitting a conference proposal for 2021 — the AT field works better when we all learn from each other!

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Plan to attend ATIA 2021: AT Connected

The ATIA conference is always a highlight of the assistive technology calendar. So many people, so many sessions, so many exhibits – it’s intense and exciting. This year, of course, we’ll miss that in-person energy, but ATIA has been hard at work creating a virtual event that promises to offer something for everyone, everywhere.

The conference organizers have done an amazing job crafting a super-flexible program that still includes the wide variety of education sessions and exhibit spaces that ATIA regulars know and love. Sessions include live and on-demand formats. Live sessions are scheduled for January 25 – February 6, 2021. The main conference web page is a good place to start to understand how the virtual conference has been laid out.

The numerous registration options reflect this flexibility as well. You can register for the full conference (with group rates available), or just one thematic strand, or just one day. There’s even a free registration package. It’s a lot to sift through, but the registration page is well-organized. And it’s awesome to have all these options — there’s bound to be one that fits your needs.

Let’s keep learning

If you work in assistive tech, you know the importance of continually growing and learning about new technology and new practices. RESNA and ATIA are both fun and stimulating ways to keep learning. So I hope to see you, at least virtually, at one or both of these conferences in 2021.

In the meantime, take care! And if you have thoughts or questions about 2021 AT conferences, feel free to add a comment below. Thanks!

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