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IC06: Go Baby Go? Stakeholder Perceptions of Powered Mobility Provision

This session explores novel research using qualitative and participatory methods to learn and contrast the experiences of children and families, and industry influences, within two provision models- a traditional powered wheelchair and a GoBabyGo modified car. It also introduces an analysis of these processes using a social model of disability, and a social justice approach to mobility intervention. Incorporating these perspectives is critical in advancing the features of pediatric devices, provision practices, and multi-modal mobility advocacy.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Heather A. Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS
University of Washington- Ability and Innovation Lab
Seattle, Washington
United States

Heather earned her Master's degree in physical therapy from Marquette University. She recently completed her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as a faculty member in the DPT program, and an external lab member of the Go Baby Go program at the University of Delaware. She currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the Ability and Innovation Lab in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Washington.

Cole Galloway, PT, PhD
Newark, Delaware
United States

Cole is a professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, and the gounder of Go Baby Go. Lab focuses on technology and training that provide opportunities for individuals to co create their life through mobility.



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    2. Ripat, J. D., & Woodgate, R. L. (2011). Locating assistive technology within an emancipatory disability research framework. Technology and Disability, 23(2), 87-92.
    3. Feldner, H. A., Logan, S. W., & Galloway, J. C. (2016). Why the time is right for a radical paradigm shift in early powered mobility: The role of powered mobility technology devices, policy and stakeholders. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(2), 89-102.

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