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PS10.2: Is Empowering Indoor/Outdoor Mobility Medically Necessary?

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The session presents a case study illustrating how occupational deprivation arising from an inability to access living environments outside of the home created mental health risks, which were mitigated by provision of an indoor-outdoor powered wheelchair. It reviews relevant medical research and identifies the need for more direct assessment of these home 'entrapment' risks, and ways in which powered wheelchair enabled access to outdoor amenities and activities can be justified as a cost-saving medical necessity.
This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

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



Jill Barnett, BS
Magic Mobility
Noble Park, Victoria

As General Manager of Magic Mobility since 2010, Jill has championed the company's purpose to empower people to push their boundaries and experience a world that's not flat. Her knowledge about high-end wheelchairs necessary for some to lead full, productive, rewarding lives reflects direct customer engagement and feedback from Views from the Chair. She also engages expert prescribers, academic researchers and experienced users to address issues around access to public funding for the right wheelchair.

Ashley Daff
Magic Mobility, Founder and Inventor
Noble Park, Victoria

Ronald Porter, OTR
AOTA, Wickenburg Community Hospital
Wickenburg, Arizona
United States

Ron Porter is an occupational therapist with 24 years of experience in the profession. He has worked in a variety of roles as an OT practitioner, recently including neurological outpatient rehab for the past 10 years with Virginia Mason Medical Center specialising in patients with ALS, where he gained in-depth experience in complex wheelchair prescription. For the past year be has worked as an Occupational Therapist at the Wickenburg Community Hospital in Arizona.



    1. Thakore, N., & Pioro, E. (2016). Depression in ALS in a large self-reporting cohort. Neurology, 86(11), 1031-1038.
    2. Davies, A., De Souza, L. H., & Frank, A. O. (2003). Changes in the quality of life in severely disabled people following provision of powered indoor/outdoor chairs. Disability and Rehabilitation, 25(6), 286-290.
    3. Salatino, C., Andrich, R., Converti, R. M., & Saruggia, M. (2015). An observational study of powered wheelchair provision in Italy. Assistive Technology, 28(1), 41-52.

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