Power Wheelchairs: Thinking Beyond the Standard Joystick, Speaker Kathy Fisher, B.Sc.(OT)

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Date: 8/23/22

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker Kathy Fisher, B.Sc.(OT)

Intermediate Level, Seating and Positioning, ATP/SMS Prep Content

Power wheelchair technology has developed to allow a personalized driving experience to maximize a client’s ongoing functional potential. For many clients a basic joystick is not sufficient to meet their needs in all environments due to limitations in strength, coordination, and fatigue. Many alternative driver controls exist but how do you as a clinician make the best recommendation? This session will highlight these innovations and will present the options based on assessment considerations.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to describe 5 assessment considerations in determining potential driver control access.
Participants will be able to list 5 programming parameters that effect the functioning and performance of proportional and non- proportional driver controls.
Participants will be able to list 3 statements illustrating the clinical rationale for selection of driver controls.