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Assistive technology professional earns accreditation

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) – Jason Baedke, Assistive Technology Professional at CarePro Home Medical a division of CarePro Health Services a local, employee owned company, has earned the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, (RESNA). RESNA is the nation's leading organization that serves people with disabilities seeking technology applications to maximize their ability to function in their home, school and/or work environment.

A trained assistive technology professional analyzes the needs of individuals with disabilities, assists in the selection of the appropriate equipment and trains the consumer how to properly use the specific equipment. The Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification recognizes professionals who have reached an internationally accepted standard of knowledge in assistive technology and who demonstrate a commitment to provide only the highest ethical standards of practice.

To become certified as an Assistive Technology Professional, one has to meet three requirements: eligibility (through work and education), a rigorous exam that tests competency in the field of assistive technology and an ongoing commitment to practice the highest ethical standard. RESNA has a process to review any violations of these standards which can be reported to the professional standards board.

To earn ATP Certification, Baedke had to demonstrate an understanding of the main principles of assistive technology including psychology and sociology; human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics; basic etiologies and pathologies; learning and teaching; assessment procedures; service delivery systems and funding for assistive technology; design and product development; product knowledge of assistive technology devices; integration of person, technology and the environment; and professional conduct.

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