RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. We are a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology and disability. The purpose of RESNA is to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice pertaining to rehabilitation and assistive technology so that all citizens can achieve the highest quality of life.
The RERC on AAC is the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) is funded under grant number H133E140026 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), the NSF the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.
RESNA and the Student Design Competition Committee thanks the National Science Foundation (NSF) and specifically the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) for its continued support of the RESNA Student Design Competition.