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Drivability: Features and Options to Promote Function and Independence

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Drivability: Features and Options to Promote Function and Independence

Friday, May 5, 2023
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837
Junior ballroom, 1st floor (few steps from the entrance)

Credits: 0.2 CEU
Course Level: All Levels

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.

Participants should have a general understanding of seating and wheeled mobility evaluations and a working knowledge of power mobility devices.

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

Course Description:
Drivability is defined as "the degree of smoothness and steadiness of acceleration". When considering drivability in the terms of power wheelchair management, it is not only an extremely important factor for an end user's safety in controlling the power wheelchair, but a huge consideration in the satisfaction and comfort of using the device. When evaluating an end user for a power mobility device, much consideration is given to the mobility base, seating components, and drive controls, but there are other features to consider as well. This course will look at these important additional features including programming options, drive wheel configuration, suspension and tracking technology.

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

  • Distinguish 2 advantages of each drive wheel configuration type that will facilitate environmental access for the end user.
  • Distinguish 3 drive parameters used to improve control and safety when managing the power wheelchair.
  • List 2 reasons tracking technology should be considered for users of Switch drive controls.


Hour 1

  • Introduction
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the 3 drive wheel configuration types
  • Drive parameter programming

Hour 2

  • Drive parameter programming (Cont.)
  • Benefits of suspension in power wheelchairs
  • Tracking technology

Intermediate Instructional Methods: 

  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Discussion

AOTA Classification Code: 
OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS Director, Clinical Education, Quantum Rehab

Jay has 27 years of experience working in the field of assistive technology with a concentration on complex rehabilitation. Jay has earned his ATP and SMS certifications through RESNA. Throughout his career he has worked in both Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology environments with both adults and children.

Jay's current role with Quantum Rehab is to provide direction and leadership through company education to the Quantum field sales team, clinicians and ATP's/DME supplier representatives working in the industry. He has developed and presented a variety of educational courses around the world and ensures the Complex Rehab Industry is educated on Quantum Rehab products and their clinical benefits.

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