Expanding Environments for Power Chair Users
For today’s power wheelchair users, tilting and reclining are just the start of what’s possible. Thanks to ever-evolving electronics, consumers can use their power chairs to tap into augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) devices, computers and phones to express themselves, and can use electronics to operate various devices in their environments, from TVs to thermostats.
These capabilities can be possible for power chair users of all ages and abilities, including those who use switch systems. It’s critical to build these systems not just to maximize consumers’ abilities, but to keep consumers in control even when they’re not in their power chairs (or when those power chairs are being serviced or are not accessible).
What You’ll Learn:
- How to assess which environmental/communications controls are ideal for a specific power chair user.
- How to build systems for AAC devices, computers, phones and environmental controls.
- The advantages of using more than one platform for these expanded systems.
- Special considerations for switch vs. proportional power chair drivers.
- Documenting and justifying these systems for funding sources.
This event is now available to watch on-demand.
Duration: 1 hour
About Our Speaker
Lisa Rotelli, director of Adaptive Switch Labs, has served clients for more than 25 years within all aspects of the complex rehab industry, from managing a rehab facility to improving product design, designing drive control systems for severely involved clients, and educating families, therapists, teachers and suppliers. Her specialty is in the area of seating and alternative access.