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Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

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Friday, August 6, 2021
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
NRG Center
One NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054
Room 108

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.

Presented by: Alex Chesney, OTR, ATP/SMS, Quantum Rehab
Alex Chesney is the clinical sales manager of the Midwest South Region for Quantum Rehab. She provides educational services as an occupational therapist, assistive technology professional and seating and mobility specialist. Alex graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies and a minor in psychology in 2011. She earned her master's in occupational therapy from Texas Woman's University in 2013. Alex practiced occupational therapy in a top neurological inpatient rehabilitation center in Houston, treating those with traumatic spinal cord injuries and various neurodegenerative diseases.

As a clinician, Alex prescribed advanced seating and mobility technologies and served as a primary education resource for best practices within neurological rehabilitation. Alex previously served as a committee chair for the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and continues involvement as a committee member. She is the occupational therapy coordinator for Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project, providing free neurological therapy services to those in the Texas area.

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

AOTA Classification Code:  
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation

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