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PS5.2: A Global Description of Wheelchair Service Education

One aim of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) is to facilitate the integration of the World Health Organization 8-step wheelchair service provision model into professional programs. To develop integration tools, the ISWP conducted a survey on wheelchair service education. Of the 72 educational institutions in 21 countries that completed the survey, 79% taught wheelchair content. However, there is variability in what and how it is taught and evaluated, supporting the need for standardization.

 

Learning Objectives:

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

 

Faculty:

Paula W Rushton, OT PhD
University de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Paula Rushton is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University de Montreal and a researcher at the CHU Ste-Justine Research Center. She obtained her MClSc(OT) from the University of Western Ontario (1999), her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia (2010) and her postdoctoral training at the University de Montreal in Biomedical Sciences (2014). Her research is focused improving the wheeled mobility of children and adults.

Karen H. Fung, MS
University de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Rachel Gartz, BS
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Mary Goldberg, PhD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Mary Goldberg, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.  She has a background in education with a concentration in rehabilitation science; psychology; and Spanish.  Dr. Goldberg received her PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies of Education with a focus on online learning in assistive technology and her additional research interests include program evaluation, STEM education, and international capacity building in assistive technology.

Maria L Toro Hernandez, PhD
Universidad Ces
Medellin, Antioquia
Colombia

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.

Nicky Seymour, OT, MPh
Motivation Charitable Trust
Cape Town, Western Cape
South Africa

Jonathan Pearlman, PhD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

 

References:

    1. Bord, J. & Khasnabis, C. Eds. (2008). Guidelines on provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced setting. Retrieved online from: www.who.int
    2. Sheldon, S., Jacobs, N.A. Eds. (2007). Report of a Consensus Conference on Wheelchairs for Developing Countries, Bangalore, India. Retrieved online from: www.who.int
    3. Toro, M. L., Eke, C., & Pearlman, J. (2015). The impact of the World Health Organization 8-steps in wheelchair service provision in wheelchair users in a less resourced setting: A cohort study in Indonesia. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1).

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