New York Metro

OCTOBER 1-3, 2021

New Jersey Convention & Expo Center

Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Register for Free

Earn CEU Credits at Abilities Expo

The Case for Wheels: Selecting the Clinically Appropriate Base


Friday, May 3, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Junior Ballroom, 1st Floor (located near entrance to expo hall)
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837 
Credits: 0.4 CEU
Level: Intermediate

This 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.

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS

The participants should have some experience with power wheelchairs.

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

Department of Rehab and Job Placement

Course Description:
Individuals with chronic medical conditions and long-term disabilities who have a permanent need for a wheelchair require a comprehensive, detailed evaluation of their physical, functional and environmental needs to allow clinicians and ATP suppliers to make appropriate Assistive Technology recommendations for a successful outcome. 

There are many factors to consider when making the selection of the appropriate power wheelchair base with an end user. Providers and clinicians need a hands-on awareness of the interaction of all of these factors, and more importantly, how they will come together to either enhance, or diminish the effectiveness of the PMD for their patient.

This course will provide information about each drive wheel configuration and things that clinicians and suppliers need to think about. Participants will then enter the expo hall to experience driving different drive wheel configurations and then regroup to discuss their findings and how the different drive wheel configurations effected the wheelchairs driving in different environmental conditions (indoors, outdoors, etc..).

Learning Objective(s):
At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe two advantages of each of the 3 main power wheelchair configurations and how they impact indoor driving and maneuverability.
  2. Distinguish the benefits each drive wheel configuration offers and how each will impact outdoor driving and maneuverability.
  3. Compare how different manufacturers tracking technology, and suspension will impact the performance of the wheelchair for certain consumers.

Instructional Methods:  
Lecture with PowerPoint, videos of indoor driving, experience with different manufacturers wheelchairs

AOTA Classification Code:  
Domain of OT: Client Factors

Pre-Register for Abilities Expo Today...It's Free!

Sign up for the Abilities Buzz

Stay in the know on disability news and info.