6 Contact Hours

Mobility is fundamental to each individual's quality of life and is necessary for functioning in each of the performance areas: self-care, work or school, and play or leisure. Limitations to functional mobility can be either augmented or replaced with assistive technologies such as a cane, walker, or a wheel mobility system. In addition to the functional gain of increased independence in mobility, other goals such as positive self-image, social interaction, and health maintenance are achieved. In this entry-level course we focus on manual and powered wheel-chair systems to enhance an individual's mobility. Our emphasis is on the total process of delivering these systems to those who need them, from initial need and goal setting, through assessment and recommendation, to implementation and training. This course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapist and assistants who assess and implement seating systems for children and adults.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 6

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Essentials Of Assistive Technologies (2012)" Written by Albert M. Cook, PhD, PE and Jan Miller Polgar, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.).  Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:  

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss needs underlying evaluation of the consumer for a mobility system
  2. Describe the three categories of mobility systems based on the need served by each
  3. Describe the two primary structures of wheelchairs
  4. Identify the major characteristics of manual wheelchairs
  5. Identify the major types of powered mobility systems and their characteristics
  6. Understand the influence of the relationship between the center of gravity of the user and the center of mass of the wheelchair on the function of the wheelchair
  7. Describe the implementation phases for personal mobility systems

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction To Wheeled Mobility Systems

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3. Coursework - Introduction To Wheeled Mobility Systems For Individuals With Mobility Impairments

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4. Course Final and Survey - Introduction To Wheeled Mobility Systems


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion