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IC19: Environmental and Mobile Device Access for Power Wheelchair Users

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For persons with physical impairment, the use of mobile devices, computers, and environmental control is limited by their ability to access these devices. Successful integration of these devices into a power wheelchair promotes independence with daily living, work, and educational demands. This session will focus on the assessment process, considerations, and methods to configure a power wheelchair as the dashboard for individuals with challenging physical needs to gain the greatest level of independence.
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;



John J Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS
Quantum Rehab
Exeter, Pennsylvania
United States

In his 21 years of experience in the field of assistive technology, Jay has written a range of courses and articles about his main focus, complex rehab technology. For the past seven years, Jay has been the Senior Clinical Education Manager for Quantum Rehab, where he works with field sales and presents educational courses for ATP's and Therapists to keep up with the ever-changing world of complex rehab solutions.

Nancy Shuster, EdS, MS, OTR, ATP

Durable Medical Equipment Clinical Analyst

Nancy has 30+ years of experience working with children with complex medical conditions and custom assistive technology design. She is an occupational therapist, received her RESNA ATP certification in 1997, and has an Educational Specialist degree in Assistive Technology. She coordinated a Connecticut Regional Educational Service Center assistive technology program for 25 years. She authored or contributed to numerous professional articles, resource guides, product designs, and Connecticut assistive technology guidelines for quality assistive technology practice.



    1. Cook, A. M., & Polgar, J. M. (2015). Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice (4th ed.). Toronto, Canada: Elsevier.
    2. Arva, J., Schmeler, M. R., Lange, M. L., Lipka, D. D., & Rosen, L. E. (2009). RESNA Position on the Application of Seat-Elevating Devices for Wheelchair Users. Assistive Technology, 21(2), 69-72. doi:10.1080/10400430902945587
    3. Batavia, M. (2010). The Wheelchair Evaluation: A Clinician's Guide (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett

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