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Permobil Academy: Moving Forward Together – Technology for People with Changing Needs

(2 hrs. / 0.2 CEUs)

General Overview:

Clients aging with a disability and clients with progressive neuromuscular conditions face increasing challenges managing skin integrity, posture, pain, fatigue, and maintaining independence with mobility and MRADLs. Clients aging with a disability encounter changes in their health conditions earlier and more frequently than would otherwise be observed, while progressive neuromuscular conditions vary in their onset, duration, and prognosis. Technology must also advance at a pace that can match the functional needs of the person.

This session will help clinicians and CRT providers to identify and anticipate clinical changes that their clients may experience, as well as to determine the most appropriate recommendations for CRT to meet these changing needs – both at initial assessment and over time. Evidence about changing clinical needs will be discussed, along with several clinical examples, to demonstrate seating and mobility solutions for users of varying functional abilities. Special consideration will be given to flexible systems that easily adapt to meet the user’s needs following a decline in medical status (or loss of functional mobility), including the user’s seating system needs and ability to access their mobility device and seat functions.

Many people living with physical mobility limitations may experience decreased access to and control of their environment. Working together as a rehab team, we can help consumers regain control of their life through assistive technology applications. This session will help clinicians and providers make neurological and physical observations to determine the most appropriate access method for functional power wheelchair driving and seat function accessibility. Beyond driving, various options for controlling the environment will also be discussed.

Mobile phones, tablets and computers are now a part of everyday life and often an essential and integrated part of our daily activates. For many people living with a disability, the opportunity to access the same technologies may be limited. This course will explore available technology for individuals utilizing power wheelchairs with specific attention paid to mobile devices and computers with built in accessibility features, and the complimentary products, to increase or create usability when accessing these devices via the controls on a power wheelchair. Through discussion and interactive exposure to a sampling of technologies, participations will have a new appreciation of what is possible and how to increase independence for their clients.

Objectives: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List three considerations in making seating/mobility equipment recommendations for an individual with a progressive neuromuscular disorder or aging with a disability for their wheelchair seating/mobility system.
  2. Contrast at least three types of power wheelchair input devices and mounting options in respect to their ability to be adapted following a medical status change.
  3. Utilize the ICF model to describe the connection between three body structure/function, activity, and/or participation challenges commonly faced by persons aging with a disability, or with a progressive neuromuscular disorder, and identify seating/mobility equipment solutions to address each.
  4. Formulate two strategies for funding that will increase the likelihood that complex rehab equipment will be obtained.
  5. Examine three of the most common types of wireless technology and how they are integrated into everyday life.
  6. Describe two techniques to access computer, mobile phone, or environmental control technologies, including via specialty input devices on a power wheelchair.
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