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IC51: Advanced Mobility Skills Training for Manual Wheelchair Users

Individuals who use manual wheelchairs as a primary means of mobility require comprehensive clinical education and training to support mastery of advanced mobility skills for life participation. Acquisition of wheeled mobility skills supports maximized independence, safety and quality of life. Specific education and skills training can decrease the risk of injury while optimizing functional skills which ultimately supports the manual wheelchair user to lead a healthy, active and productive lifestyle. Critical education and training for manual wheelchair users includes wheelchair configuration recommendations, mobility progression from basic propulsion to advanced skills in varied environments, transfer techniques, wheelchair management such as stowing in a vehicle, travel and equipment maintenance. Too often, many of these critical education topics are neglected when manual wheelchairs are provided to either novice or experienced wheelers.

The aim of this session is to empower rehabilitation professionals to understand and provide comprehensive skills training critical for all manual wheelchair users. Guidance will be offered for efficient education methods and practical training techniques. Case examples with photos and video will be utilized to demonstrate key points.


Learning Objectives:

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



Kendra Betz, MSPT, ATP
Veterans Health Administration
Littleton, Colorado
United States



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