Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What is an ATP, and why you should work with one

by Fred Tchang, ATP and Director, Assistive Technology Services in New Jersey

People working in the field of assistive technology have many different backgrounds--education, technology, therapy.  The one credential that unites us is the RESNA Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). 

How does a credential differ from a training course?  Training courses are great for learning new material. The ATP is not a training course—it is a credential that recognizes professionals who have reached an internationally accepted standard of knowledge in assistive technology.  The certification process includes work/education eligibility, the passing of a 200-item examination, and an on-going commitment to practice at the highest ethical standard in the field of assistive technology. 

Why do people seek to earn the ATP?  Earning an ATP identifies the certificant as a trustworthy, dedicated expert.  Those who hold the ATP credential are listed on RESNA’s website for easy identification and referral.  An ATP certified professional takes a holistic approach to every situation, assessing your situation and influences, and then determining what equipment will enable you to optimize your life at home, school, work and in the community.

Know where to find an RESNA certified AT professional (ATP)? Visit www.resna.org and click on “Find a Certified AT Professional.” 

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