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Measurements for Manual Wheelchairs: Details Make a Big Difference

Program ID : IC66.2019
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 s Hour

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Alli Hyde, MSc OT
Motion Composites, Canada

Alli has a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a Master of Science in occupational therapy. With clinical experience in the community, long term care, and veterans affairs, Alli's knowledge and passion will open the door into new ways on how to focus on client care throughout the wheelchair prescription process. Alli is a clinical educator for Motion Composites providing educational sessions and speaking at conferences throughout North America including ISS, CSMC and ATSA.

Tina Roesler, PT, MS, ABDA
Motion Composites, Canada

Tina Roesler is a PT with over 20 years of experience in Seating and Wheeled Mobility. She has presented at a variety of symposiums including previous ISS, APTA, ATSA, Nordic Seating Sympoisum, RESNA, and Posture and Mobility. She is currently the head of International Development for Motion Composites. A manufacturer of ultralight weight carbon and aluminum wheelchairs.

Jane Fontein, OT
Consultant, Canada

Jane Fontein, OT, has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 plus years, working in a variety of areas including long-term care, rehab, as a manufacturer educator and a supplier. She worked at GFStrong Rehab Centre on the spinal cord unit and out-patient seating. She has spoken at many conferences including ISS, RESNA, ESS and CSMC. Jane is currently self-employed and working as a manufacturer educator for Dynamic Health Care Solutions and Motion Composites.

Presented at the 35th International Seating Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA USA

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

  • Alli Hyde disclosed the following conflict:
    • Financial interests with the following proprietary entities producing healthcare goods or services:
    • Employed by Motion Composites


The Manual wheelchair assessment and set-up process is individual to the person and is therefore a complex and intricate procedure. Decisions made during this process can be the difference between client satisfaction and equipment abandonment. These decisions can have an effect on the users’ health, level of independence and overall quality of life. To complete the process formal and informal assessments must be completed and information is then translated to complete the order-form. Within this translation process judgments are made by practitioners which will affect these outcomes. In this course, we will take an in-depth look at client measurements such as seat width and depth, back height, center of gravity and vertical wheel height, and how these translate to order form specifications. As well as what research states we can do to optimize these outcomes. We will also discuss how these results will impact the user and caregiver, as these details can individually and cumulatively affect outcomes. We will review differences in assessment technique and methods for converting data into wheelchair and set-up measurements. There will be designated hands-on time to practice technique and approach as well as review of a case study for further understanding.

Learning Objectives

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CEU Registration and Cost

0.100 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.0 hours of instruction.
The cost for the webinar is $59.00

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      IC66.2019 Measurements for Manual Wheelchairs Details Make a Big Difference
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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.
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Updated | 06.27.2019