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Wheelchair Power Mobility: Advanced Features

presented by Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

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Financial: Michelle Lange is consultant for Stealth Products which is manufacturer of wheelchair seating and mobility, LUCI- manufacturer of smart wheelchair technology and AbleNet – manufacturer of switches. Michelle Lange receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Michelle Lange has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Power wheelchairs do far more than drive. CRT-level power wheelchairs also provide control of other advanced features through the driving method so that the driver can be as functional and independent as possible. Using a team approach, we can bring this technology to our clients using CRT power wheelchairs. The driver can control reverse (if this cannot readily be controlled through the driving method, such as with a head array), speeds, and power seating. The driver can also use the driving method to control an interfaced external assistive technology device, such as a communication device. These power wheelchairs have Bluetooth and can be paired with other technologies such as smartphones and tablets. Clinicians need to be familiar with these advanced power wheelchair features to optimize driving and overall function.

Meet Your Instructor

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the Assistive Technology Clinics of the Children's Hospital of Denver and has been in private practice at Access to Independence, Inc., for more than 15 years. Michelle's work in assistive…

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1. Power Wheelchairs Can Do More Than Drive!

This chapter will present clinical advantages of accessing power wheelchair functions through the driving method, including reverse, speeds, power seating, interfaced assistive technology devices, Bluetooth mouse emulation, and infrared transmission.

2. Bluetooth and Power Wheelchairs

This chapter will define Bluetooth and present how power wheelchairs with Bluetooth capabilities can be paired with smartphones, tablets, computers, and some communication devices to provide control through the driving method. Clinical considerations will also be discussed.

3. Interfacing

This chapter will present how to interface an external assistive technology device to provide control through the power wheelchair driving method. Clinical considerations will be discussed.

4. Smart Technologies

This chapter will present emerging technologies that make power wheelchairs smarter. New technologies include warning systems, obstacle and drop-off avoidance, speed and navigation assistance, and even health data tracking.

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