Smart Power Wheelchairs – increasing efficiency and safety in driving


Date: 8/4/20
Credit: .1 CEU
Presenter: Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Sponsored by LUCI
Seating and Positioning, ATP/SMS Prep Content, Intermediate Level



We live in an age where smart cars are emerging in an effort to increase vehicle driving safety and reduce accidents. But what about power wheelchairs? Technologies to ease the driving task, decrease collisions and overall increase safety for the power wheelchair driver have been available in the research lab for a number of years. Some of these technologies are just becoming commercially available. Smart power wheelchair technologies may allow certain people to use a power wheelchair who otherwise could not, as well as help current power wheelchair users to drive with improved efficiency and safety.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to define smart technologies in the context of power wheelchairs.

The participant will be able to list 3 goals of power wheelchair smart technologies.

The participant will be able to describe 3 clinical applications of power wheelchair smart technologies.

Michelle is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.