ISS 2017 Program


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IC56: An Online Wheelchair Maintenance Training Program for Clinicians

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Wheelchairs positively impact the participation of people with disabilities. However, wheelchair breakdowns can negatively impact the user’s life, leaving them injured or stranded, with reduced mobility and quality of life. Research has suggested an increase in the prevalence of breakdowns. When maintenance is performed, the numbers of accidents and injuries are reduced. We will describe the development of an online Wheelchair Maintenance Training Program to improve the skills of wheelchairs users to perform maintenance.


Learning Objectives:

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



Sara Munera, BS
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
United states

Has a degree in physical therapy. She worked for a private company delivering wheelchairs, participated in multidisciplinary meetings to prescribe and deliver wheelchairs, and delivered multiple lectures and courses about the positive impact of wheelchairs and their related services. She was a physical therapy professor at the Universidad CES. She is now completing a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Maria L Toro Hernandez, PhD
Universidad Ces
Medellin, Antioquia

Maria Luisa Toro, PhD: Is an instructor in the School of Medicine and the School of Physical Therapy and at Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia. Maria earned her BS in biomedical engineer at Universidad CES and her masters and PhD degrees in rehabilitation science at the University of Pittsburgh. Maria has presented at national and international conferences, including ISS and RESNA. She is a member of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and RESNA.

Jonathan Pearlman, PhD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States



    1. Mcclure, L. A., Boninger, M. L., Oyster, M. L., Williams, S., Houlihan, B., Lieberman, J. A., & Cooper, R. A. (2009). Wheelchair repairs, breakdown, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 2034-2038.
    2. Worobey, L., Oyster, M., Nemunaitis, G., Cooper, R., & Boninger, M. L. (2012). Increases in wheelchair breakdowns, repairs, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 91(6), 463-469.
    3. Hansen, R., Tresse, S., & Gunnarsson, R. K. (2004). Fewer accidents and better maintenance with active wheelchair check-ups: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 18(6), 631-639.

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