Supporting Power Wheelchair Drivers with Muscle Weakness

Alternative Driving Methods, Postural Support & Mounting

People who have muscle weakness resulting from diagnoses such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and ALS often require power wheelchairs for mobility. Muscle weakness reduces active range of motion and activation force, thus requiring alternative driving methods designed to meet these functional limitations. The driver will also require adequate postural support, not just for maintaining a seated posture, but also to facilitate use of the driving method.

This course will address the clinical implications of muscle weakness, appropriate alternative driving methods and features, as well as positioning and mounting considerations. Case studies will be included.

What You’ll Learn:

  • 3 functional implications of muscle weakness.
  • Features of at least 3 alternative driving methods commonly used with people who have muscle weakness.
  • Positioning options to support use of alternative driving methods.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) / 1:00 p.m. (Central) / 11:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour

Michelle LangeMichelle L. Lange is an occupational therapist with 35 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for more than 15 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally, and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator, and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. She is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

The webinar concludes with a live Q&A session.

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