Come Roll with Me – a disability awareness program for school-age kids


Date: 10/20/20
Credit: .1 CEU
Presenter: Cathy Carver, PT, ATP/SMS
Best Business Practice, Beginner Level
Sponsored by The Clinician Task Force



This webinar will describe how a community disability awareness program got started, lessons learned, the impact it has had, and how someone can start this program in their area. Come Roll With Me is a 3 hour event that allows small groups of able-bodied students to spend time in a manual wheelchair, meet someone with a disability and learn about their lives and issues they face. Participants get to learn non-offensive ways to ask “curious” questions. Post-event projects show the long lasting impact this has had on the participants. The simple structure can be easily adapted to impact other communities. Incorporating Occupational Therapy graduate students has highly impacted the success of this program.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to list 4 keys to the success of Come Roll With Me.
The participant will be able to describe at least 2 ways the structure of Come Roll With Me can be adapted to various situations.
The participant will be able to describe at least one key component to the 3 main parts of the Come Roll With Me event.

Cathy Carver MS, ATP/SMS has been practicing for 23 years. She worked in inpatient neurorehab and outpatient now focusing on the Wheelchair and Seating Clinic since 2005. She received her ATP in 2004 and SMS in 2011 through RESNA. She began teaching wheelchair and seating courses in 2007 and has done lectures/labs for PT and OT students. She has presented nationally and at the International Seating Symposium. She has been working with Comagine (agency hired by Medicaid to review claims for funding) for 10 years doing reviews for medical necessity for pediatric or adult custom wheelchairs. She was awarded the “Innovations in Physical Therapy” by the Alabama APTA in 2010 and the UAB Medicine Excellence Award in 2019. She is the current executive director the Clinician Task Force. She founded “Come Roll With Me” in 2006 – a disability Awareness program.