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RESNA: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional membership nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA offers certifications, continuing education, and develops technology standards. It promotes research and public policy as well as sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of its multidisciplinary constituency. RESNA is headquartered in Arlington, VA. Standards from RESNA are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: [email protected] or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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RESNA American National Standard for Wheelchairs - Volume 2: Additional Requirements for Wheelchairs (Including Scooters) with Electrical Systems

Volume 2 specifies additional tests and methods of measurement applicable to electrically powered wheelchairs and to the electrical systems of all wheelchairs.

ANSI/RESNA WC-4_2017 S18

ANSI/RESNA WC-4:2017, Section 18: Wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint systems for use in motor vehicles

Section 18 encourages and promotes the design, testing, installation, and use of wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint systems (WTORS) that will provide effective frontal-crash protection for forward-facing occupants in wheelchairs


RESNA American National Standard for Wheelchairs - Volume 3: Wheelchair Seating

ANSI/RESNA WC-3:2018 covers wheelchair seating devices with associated attachment hardware that are intended to provide postural support and/or tissue integrity management. The following sections have been included:  Section 1: Vocabulary, reference axis convention and measures for body posture and postural support surfaces Section 2: Determination of physical and mechanical characteristics of seat cushions intended to manage tissue integrity Section 3: Determination of static, impact and repetitive load strengths for postural support devices Section 6: Determination of the changes in properties following simulated extended use of seat cushions Section 12: Envelopment testing of seat cushions with dual semispherical indenter 

ANSI/RESNA WC-4_2017 S19

ANSI/RESNA WC-4:2017, Section 19: Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles

Section 19 establishes design and performance requirements, and associated test methods, for wheelchairs related to their use as seats in motor vehicles. This standard employs basic principles of occupant protection and accepted procedures for dynamic testing used in federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS).


American National Standard for Inclusive Fitness – Volume 1: Inclusive Fitness Environments

This standard specifies best practices and existing regulations, standard specifications, and test methods for determining inclusive fitness facility accessibility and the existence of an inclusive fitness culture and approach to policy development, equipment procurement, staff training, programming, user interactions, and marketing. This RESNA standard does not apply to the following: private or home fitness environments.


RESNA American National Standard for Support Surfaces - Volume 1: Requirements and Test Methods for Full Body Support Surfaces

This standard covers full body support surfaces which play an integral role in any care plan for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. The characterization of support surfaces utilizing these described methods is intended to provide the necessary p


RESNA American National Standard for Wheelchairs - Volume 4: Wheelchairs and Transportation

This standard covers products and hardware that enhance safety for people who use wheelchairs as seats in motor vehicles. Specifically these products include: wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint systems (WTORS), wheelchair spaces on large accessible transit vehicles (LATVs), manual and power wheelchairs (including scooters), and wheelchair seating systems that can be used with a range of wheelchair frames.


RESNA American National Standard for Adaptive Sports Equipment - Volume 1: Winter Sports Equipment

This RESNA standard covers the requirements and test methods for the testing of adaptive sports equipment (ASE). Volume 1 pertains to the testing of winter sports equipment. Winter sports equipment is generally tested as a complete system in a standard reference configuration that facilitates comparison of test results among different manufacturers and models. Some of the test methods establish minimum performance criteria for durability and safety reasons. Volume 1 consists of the following sections under the general title Adaptive Sports Equipment: Volume 1: Winter Sports Equipment  Section 1:Requirements and Test Methods for Sit-skis, Mono-skis, and Bi-skis Section 2:Requirements and Test Methods for Chairlift Rider Restraints 


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