Are We Satisfied with Seating Technology Outcomes or Should We Strive for More?

Wheelchair seating technology significantly contributes to the wheelchair user’s functional independence, quality of life and overall well-being. A client-centered approach informed by findings from a seating assessment helps to determine which seating components are indicated and how they need to be adjusted to meet the client’s unique needs.

This session will provide a critical analysis of the design of current seating technology: back supports, tilt and recline systems, custom seating and seat cushion design. Why are these seating technologies designed, how do they impact the wheelchair user, and what are the expected outcomes and limitations?

A discussion around whether or not current state-of-the-art of seating component design is meeting clients’ functional needs will conclude the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose of the designs of back supports, tilt and recline wheelchairs, custom seating, and seat cushions.
  • Identify at least two limitations of current back supports, tilt and recline systems, custom seating and seat cushion designs.
  • Generate a discussion and share knowledge and ideas to improve current wheelchair seating designs.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) / 1:00 p.m. (Central) / 11:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour


Bart Van der Heyden, PT
Bart Van der HeydenBart has specialized in seating, wound care and mobility for more than 25 years. After studying physical therapy in Gent, Belgium, he provided seating and therapy for children with cerebral palsy in Germany. After working in a rehab setting in the United States, Bart offered clinical consultations to wheelchair users, clinicians and manufacturers worldwide. He also has developed training courses and workshops on skin management, seating assessment, seating techniques and interventions for different user populations. Bart is known as an experienced clinician and educational presenter with a global, hands-on, multi-disciplinary view on clinical practice and seating. He and his wife operate a physical therapy practice ( in Belgium.

Filipe Monforte Correia
Filipe Monforte CorreiaFilipe is the European and Latin American business development manager at Stealth Products, and has worked in seating and wheeled mobility for 23 years. He represents Stealth Products internationally and has presented educational courses focusing on complex seating and positioning around the world. Filipe has set up new distributors and provided support for existing ones, and has offered training for clinicians, suppliers, distributors and end users in those markets. He currently serves on the advisory board of the International Seating Symposium.

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