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Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

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Friday, June 25, 2021
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173 
Euphoria, 2nd Floor

Credits: 0.4 CEU
Level: Intermediate

This complimentary course requires registration at Abilities Expo in addition to registration with Pride Mobility / Quantum Rehab. Space is limited and seats are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Students should have a basic understanding of power wheelchair controls, including setup and programming.

Target Audience:
Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS)

Course Description: 
There are many considerations to make when assessing an individual for power mobility use. The decisions made will impact not only the individual's mobility, but also how they reposition themselves, interact socially, and access their environment.

There are many options for drive controls on the market today, so how does the assistive technology professional choose a device when the standard joystick is not an option?

This course is designed to introduce the participants to the wide array of specialty controls available on the market and provide insight on the clinical decisionmaking process of drive control choice. The course will include case studies and a hands-on component for participants to assess the various alternative drive control options.

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Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the hierarchy of drive controls to the selection of power wheelchair drive controls.
  • Discuss 2 options for controlling power seating functions when utilizing proportional and non-proportional control devices.
  • Explain 2 programming features available for proportional drive controls that can increase independence and maximize function.
  • Explain 2 programming features available for non-proportional drive controls that can increase independence and maximize function.

Wade Lucas, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
As Quantum's Clinical Education Manager for the Western United States, Wade develops education programs on the clinical uses of company products and delivers continuing education presentations to therapists and DME providers. He also provides education to field sales staff on clinical benefits of Quantum products.

Wade Lucas received his Master of Physical Therapy in 2002 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2005 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Wade has spent most of his career working in a large inpatient rehabilitation center, but also has experience in outpatient seating clinic, home health, and skilled nursing. He received his Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification in 2007 and his Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) certification in 2018. He has also spent over 3 years of his career as a Rehab Equipment Specialist for durable medical equipment company.

Intermediate Instructional Methods:  
• Lecture with PowerPoint
• Demonstration
• Case Studies
• Brainstorming

AOTA Classification Code:  
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation

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