ISS 2017 Program


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IC52: Meeting the Unmet Need: Encouraging and Educating Therapists

IC52 Handouts

There is an unmet public need for OTs/PTs experienced in seating and wheeled mobility to guide consumers. Session will focus on how the supplier, ATP, manufacturer and therapist can get involved in promoting the need for knowledge and experience, as well as generating excitement. Participants will be provided with potential options for educational opportunities, job shadowing and fieldwork, experiential learning, teaming with educators and healthcare centers, and other options for training of therapists.


Learning Objectives:

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



Amber Lea Ward, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP/SMS
CHS- Neurosciences Institute Neurology
Charlotte, North Carolina
United States

Amber has been an OT for almost 23 years, and is an ATP/SMS as well. She works full time in an outpatient neurological practice, performing seating and positioning about half-time at that location. She is on the executive board of the Clinicians Task Force, has multiple published articles and chapters, and is a frequent speaker locally, nationally and internationally.

Stacey Mullis, OTR/L, ATP
Comfort Company
Charlotte, NC
United States



    1. Arledge, S., Armstrong, W., Babinec, M., Dicianno, B., Digiovine, C., Dyson-Hudson, T., Pederson, J., Piriano, J., Plummer, T., Rosen, L., Schmeler, M., Shea, M., & Stogner, J. (2011). RESNA Wheelchair Service Provision Guide. Retrieved May 5, 2016 from 
    2. Greer, N., Brasure, M., & Wilt, T.J. (2012). Wheeled Mobility (Wheelchair) Service Delivery: Scope of the Evidence. Annals of Internal Medicine.156(2) 141-146.
    3. Best, K.L., Miller, W.C., & Routhier, F. (2015). A description of manual wheelchair skills training curriculum in entry-to-practice occupational and physical therapy programs in Canada. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 10(5) 401-6.

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