Wheelchair 9: Introduction to Wheeled Mobility Technologies
Choosing the most appropriate wheelchair and seating to meet the needs of a specific individual might seem overwhelming considering the wide range of products available. In this module we will present an introduction to wheeled mobility technologies, including the basic features of the different categories of devices and how they address posture, mobility, function and environmental needs. This module will provide a framework for decision making for wheeled mobility technologies and provide valuable information regarding wheelchair feature selection based on examination findings.
1. List five things you should know about an individual before beginning the selection process for a wheeled mobility device
2. Explain at least three benefits provided by an adjustable axle plate on a manual wheelchair
3. Describe at least three differences between a tilt-in-space wheelchair and a recliner wheelchair
4. Describe three features of complex rehab power base wheelchairs that are not found on standard power base wheelchairs
Course Launched 2020
Since 1985, Elizabeth Cole has had many roles in the provision of complex rehab technology for people with permanent disabilities. She has practiced as a Physical Therapist, managed a seating and wheeled mobility clinic, provided reimbursement consulting, and developed numerous on-site and online education programs. Elizabeth has lectured extensively at conferences, trade-shows and seminars and has been published in industry journals. She has been a member of key organizations within the complex rehab technology field and has contributed to many industry-wide work groups dedicated to reimbursement policy change. Her passion is for people with disabilities to have access to the most appropriate equipment to meet their unique needs.
PhD, PT, ATP/SMS, RESNA Fellow
Laura Cohen, PhD, PT, ATP/SMS, RESNA Fellow is the Principal for Rehabilitation & Technology Consultants in Arlington, VA. She has more than 30 years of experience working with individuals with complex disabilities of all ages and consulting with a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders. Her experience has provided a rare view spanning direct clinical practice, research, claims review and audits, policy and advocacy. Being able to directly experience various perspectives has created her passion for developing/implementing models of care that will improve outcomes, resolve delivery of care issues, and reduce the overall cost of care for individuals with complex disabilities. Dr Cohen has multiple peer reviewed publications and presents regularly at professional conferences to a range of stakeholders.
PT, PhD, ATP/SMS, RESNA Fellow
Barbara Crane is a Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. She received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Gerontology from Saint Joseph College, in Connecticut, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. She is also a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS). She has over 25 years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation with a specialty in custom wheelchairs and seating assessment and recommendation. She has lectured extensively at local, national, and international conferences.
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