Power Mobility in the Spotlight at RESNA Conference

Power mobility will be a major focus at the June meeting of the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Several instructional courses will center on power wheelchairs and accessories, according to a RESNA news announcement about the event in Denver, June 10-14.

One pre-conference full-day session is called “Challenges and Opportunities in Delivering Early Powered Mobility,” which will discuss “the ins and outs of procuring and offering power mobility for toddlers that need it.” Among the session’s presenters is James Cole Galloway, Ph.D., PT, professor and associate chair in the department of physical therapy at the University of Delaware.

Galloway is best known for his work on the “Go Baby Go” project that advocates for and brings powered mobility to young children who otherwise would not be independently mobile. The project uses a variety of components, including toy ride-on vehicles, to create systems for youngsters with a range of special needs.

A pre-conference half-day educational session called “Switch Assessment” is described as exploring “switches as an access method, including optimal placement and mounting.”

During the conference, power mobility will be the topic of several sessions, including “Evaluation for Alternative Input Devices for Power Wheelchairs: Steps for Successful Assessment, Documentation & Delivery”; and “Access to iOS Mobile Devices Through the Power Wheelchair Drive Control System.”

The event takes place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

For more information on the conference, visit resna.org.

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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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