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CRT Awareness Day is September 23, 2021

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) is equipment that is medically necessary and individually configured. It can be manual wheelchairs, power wheelchair systems, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems, and other mobility devices that require evaluation, fitting, configuration, adjustment, or programming.

Register Now: https://bit.ly/CRTAwarenessDay

9 am – 9:45 am

Mobility: Exploring the Wheelchair User’s World

The language used to describe wheelchairs may help or hinder people’s perception of this life-changing equipment and its importance to independence. In this session we will hear from wheelchair users and answer the question, “Why is my mobility important?”

Panelists include: Jenny Border, Tamara Kittelson, Chris Collin, Madonna Long, Ali Ingersol. Moderated by Karen Roy

9:45 am – 10 am – User Videos

10 am – 10:15 am – Cathy Carver “Come Roll with Me”

10:15 am – 10:30 am – “Connection” video

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Linda Norton mini-session, “The Canadian Perspective”

10:45 am – 11 am – User Videos

11 am – 11:15 am – Kelly Narowski mini-session, “Traveling with your Wheelchair – What to Expect”

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Ali Ingersol mini-session, “How to Write your Own Letter of Medical Necessity”

11:45 am – 12 noon – User Videos

12 noon – 12:45 pm

From Advocate to Activist: Make Your Voice Heard

Listen and learn as we talk about the journey from advocate to activist for Complex Rehab Technology. Walk with us through the stages we’ve encountered on our personal quest for access to equipment: personal awareness, educating the public, and active engagement with legislators and others to make change happen.

Panelists include: Jean Minkel, Kyle Romano, Jenny Siegle, Molly Hale, Ali Ingersol, Sharifa Abu-Hamda, John Box, and Jenn Wolff. Moderated by Bill Noelting.

12:45 am – 1:15 am – Best of Talk Rehab – Bill Noelting Productions shares the best of his podcasts

1:15 – 2 pm

Family Focus: Tools You Can Use

This panel of family members and caregivers will share advice, programs, and their own experiences to help you facilitate your family member’s independence and quality of life.

Panelists include: Claire Shrader, Barb Siegle, Jeramy Hale, Carolyn Fernbaugh, Lori Collin. Moderated by Jenn Mendenhall

2 pm – 3 pm

Best of NRRTS Webinars, Best of Unite4CRT Conversations, The Value of NRRTS

3 pm – 3:45 pm

Connecting with Your Seating Team: Are You in the Driver’s Seat?

How do you connect with your Seating Team to get the most out of your wheelchair evaluation and delivery process? We will discuss practical ways you can take charge and help the process go smoothly.

Panelists include: Gerry Dickerson & Will Fargas, Dave Nix & team, Tom Simon & team, Barbara Crume & team. Moderated by Weesie Walker and Jenny Siegle.

3:45 pm – 4 pm – Ben Huntzinger mini-session

4 pm – 4:30 pm – User Videos

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm – Jamie Santillo mini-session, “Plan a Vacation: Traveling with a Wheelchair”

4:45 pm – 5 pm – Chat Time – say “hello”, ask questions, meet the NRRTS/Unite4CRT Team

5 pm – 5:45 pm

The Power of Your Mobility

We believe that mobility is a human right. Join Jean Minkel and Sharifa Abu-Hamda as they explore the reasons all people have a right to Ready, Reliable, Available Mobility.

5:45 pm – 6 pm – Chat Time – say “hello”, ask questions, meet the NRRTS/Unite4CRT Team

6 pm – 7 pm

Access: Strategies for Success

This session will highlight the issues and problem areas for access to Complex Rehab Technology. We will determine some issues important to you and deliberate on strategies that will help you to promote meaningful change.

Panelists include: Joseph Nahra, Rita Stanley, Molly Hale, Karen Roy, Chris Collin, Jen Mendenhall. Moderated by Weesie Walker and Jenny Siegle.

UNITE4CRT is a small group with an Extra Loud Voice.

We want to encourage every person who is a wheelchair user, supplier, therapist, caregiver, and friend to use our voices as a catalyst for change.

What kind of change are we talking about?

We want everyone to think about mobility as a human right.

This includes insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, businesses, housing authorities, schools, communities, and _________ (you fill in the blank).

We want the community to appreciate that complex rehab technology (CRT) is equipment that is medically necessary and individually configured. It can be manual wheelchairs, power wheelchair systems, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems, and other mobility devices that require evaluation, fitting, configuration, adjustment, or programming.

This equipment is essential for independence and opportunities for a happy, healthy life.

Join us as we bridge the gap between the perception and the reality of living with a disability.

As CRT Users, we UNITE with suppliers, manufacturers, clinicians, caregivers, family, and friends in monthly Virtual Town Hall meetings to share our stories in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Let’s make a difference!

Jenny Siegle has been awarded the 2020 NRRTS Consumer Advocate of the Year Award. Jenny has been an enthusiastic CRT advocate for over 10 years, fighting diligently for every bill that has been introduced in Washington D.C.

Jenny helped to form the coalition, #Unite4CRT, and has been a driving force in planning the monthly town hall meeting topics and discussions. As the host for these meetings, Jenny initiates and encourages discussion for a diverse audience. She embodies the group’s mission, “to provide an outlet for CRT Users to share unique stories and educate through personal experience”.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, August 24th at 7 pm ET Authentic Inclusion with Frances West
  • Thursday, September 23rd from 9 am - 7 pm ETCRT Awareness Day
  • October 19th at 7 pm ESTCome Roll with Me! Special Guest Cathy Carver
  • November 16th at 7 pm EST2022 Planning Session - Where will we go in 2022?
  • December 14th at 7 pm ESTUnite4CRT Christmas Special
  • January 20222022 Kick-Off

Testimonies

Andrew Davis

“You ask my why I advocate? I advocate because I have seen the difference CRT equipment makes in my life compared to lesser quality equipment. My wheelchair is specially configured for me and as a result, I live independently.”

Jenny Siegle

“Advocating for access to complex rehab technology has become a very important part of my life. The work that I do not only benefits myself, but others in similar situations and others that might not know they will need to utilize that type of equipment sometime in their lives.”

Kyle Romano

“If we don’t fight for our rights to CRT, nobody else will. In addition, it’s up to us to explain CRT to the able-bodied population. If our bills are to have success in the house and senate, we’ll need everybody’s support.”

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