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IC07: The Wheelchair Drive Control as a Critical Positioning Device

Research utilizing dynamic pressure-mapping, 3D kinematics and dynamic EMG demonstrate that accessing a control in an armrest-mounted location forces a change in body posture and weight distribution, while requiring increased muscle force as compared to centrally-mounted controls. Positioning a control at midline on a platform with bilateral supports can facilitate improved driving control and posture, allowing the seating products to perform as they were designed to function. This hands-on instructional course will demonstrate different mounting methods that allow clinicians to quickly position a variety of input devices in the optimal location required by their client's individual needs. Discover why PWC drive controls share the same three fundamental rules of real estate...location, location, location.

This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

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



Russ Rolt
Active Controls
Sewell, New Jersey
United States

Russ Rolt has 30 years experience in the Rehab industry. He has contributed in all facets of Complex Rehab provision as an ATP, Rehab Equipment provider owner and as a manufacturer. His passions are seating and positioning as well as power wheelchair drive control provision. Mr. Rolt's position at Active Controls allows him to create change that enables clinicians to have better success and end users of power wheelchairs increased posture and function.



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    2. Liu, W., Chen, F., Lin, Y., Kuo, C., Lien, H., & Yu, Y. (2014). Postural alignment in children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy using a bimanual interface for powered wheelchair control. J Rehabil Med Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46(1), 39-44.
    3. Esquenazi, A. (2016). Wheelchair Control: Possible risk from armrest-mounted joystick. Rehab Management, Digital Edition. 1-7.

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