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PS1.3: The Experience of Spinal Cord Injury and Wheelchair Use

A spinal cord injury impacts each individual physically, temporally, socially and emotionally. How one person is affected differs from another, but there are some similarities that exist. What started out as a study exploring the understanding of life with an SCI and the need to use a wheelchair turned out to be more. This paper explores the results of a study on SCI and provides valuable consideration during the wheelchair and positioning evaluation process.


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Jenny Lieberman, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, New York
United States

Jenny Lieberman is a practicing occupational therapist for more than twenty years, much of which involved wheelchair seating and positioning. She works full time at a Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and is actively involved in advocating for persons with disabilities. Her desire to produce research supporting her interventions led her back to school, completing her PhD in Occupational Therapy in May 2016. This paper represents the outcome of her dissertation study.



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    2. Barlew, L., Secrest, J., Guo, Z., Fell, N., & Haban, G. (2013). The experience of being grounded: A phenomenological study of living with a wheelchair. Rehabilitation Nursing, 38(4), 193-201.
    3. Costa, V. S. P., Melo, M. R. A. C., Garanhani, M. L., & Fujisawa, D. S. (2010). Social representations of the wheelchair for people with spinal cord injury. Revista Latino-Americana De Enfermagem, 18(4), 755-762.

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