ISS 2017 Program


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PS3.2: Advocating Necessity for Bluetooth Power Mobility Integration

As AT solutions advance, funding must stay relevant. This case presentation of a client with advanced MS demonstrates how: Bluetooth tablet integration through a power wheelchair returned independence, voice, and control; current policy conflicts with best practice and must be challenged; our industry has ethical and professional responsibilities to demonstrate value in AT services; to empower clients to express the value of these products and services to insurance providers and policy makers.


Learning Objectives:

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



Raheleh G. Tschoepe, MS, OT/L
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States

Raheleh is an OT and assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her clinical specialty is in physical rehabilitation of adults with neurologic conditions and her clinical interests include advancing community based OT practice, wheelchair seating and positioning, caregiver education, neurogenic bowel and bladder management and sexual function. She is currently developing community-based interprofessional practice models promoting quality of life as individuals transition from medical settings to their communities.

Randy Pesich, ATP
Virginia Beach, VA
United States

Randy is an ATP who is currently Area Sales Manager for Permobil where he has worked for 15 years. Prior to that he worked as Vice President in CRTS for a CRT provider in Norfolk, Virginia for 15 years. As an ATP, Randy has worked to provide assistive technology and seating solutions for a diversity of populations including adults and children with neuromuscular and neuroprogressive conditions for over 30 years.



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