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IC76: Training and Education for Novice Wheelchair Users

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Knowledge about wheelchair use and the process of getting a wheelchair is essential to empower novice wheelchair users to self-advocate for their needs and facilitate independent living and health. In this course, we will go over key information about wheelchair service delivery, United Statesge and health that novice wheelchair users should know to make the best use of their wheelchairs; and introduce online resources providing high-quality, and evidence-based materials about wheelchairs and the service delivery process.


Learning Objectives:

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



Hsin-Yi Liu, PhD, PT
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Dr. Liu received her MS and PhD degrees in Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research topics included analyzing findings from standardized tests on ultralight manual wheelchairs, and developing and testing Virtual Seating Coach to encourage use of power seating function. She is currently working as a consultant to develop content for a smartphone app to convey knowledge and information about the effective and safe use of wheelchairs with Dr. Dan Ding.

Theresa Marie Crytzer, DPT, ATP
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
United States

Alexandra Bennewith, MPA

Bennewith directs advocacy strategy for legislation, regulations regarding health and disability policy at federal level with United States Congress, state levels of government and United States Executive Branch including White House, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Steering Committee Co-chair/member of multiple coalitions/committees. Focus: healthcare, employment, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, community supports and services, disability rights issues. Government affairs and public affairs experience of 18 years plus.

Wolff, Jennifer, OT
United Spinal Association
Washington, DC
United States Of America

Practicing occupational therapist in Waverly, IA, Jenn specializes in hand therapy, post-stroke, Parkinson's disease and cognitive assessments/treatment.

She began advocating for improved wheelchair coverage and policy change in 2010. She is a United Spinal Association- Iowa Chapter Board Member, facilitates support groups for stroke survivors and people with Parkinson's and caregivers. She hopes in all her work, to help educate and encourage others to find their voice and strength in their personal stories.



    1. Arledge, S., Armstrong, W., Babinec, M., Dicianno, B. E., Digiovine, C., Dyson-Hudson, T., ... & Schmeler, M. (2011). RESNA Wheelchair Service Provision Guide. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
    2. Dicianno, B. E., Lieberman, J., Schmeler, M. R., Souza, A. E. S. P., Cooper, R., Lange, M., . . . Jan, Y.-K. (2015). Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America's Position on the Application of Tilt, Recline, and Elevating Legrests for Wheelchairs Literature Update. Assistive Technology, 27(3), 193-198.
    3. 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/Association of Academic Physiatrists, 91(6), 463.

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