Category: Power assist blogs

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Features or Specifications: Is it just semantics or is it catching some of us out?

As technology has evolved, so too has the technology, materials and electronics that go into powered mobility base designs.  Most complex rehabilitation bases are now modular in nature, meaning multiple components can be combined to provide a solution that is unique to an individual. Some of these components are essential to the build of the…

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Are We Proactive with Power Assist?

Power assist is a hot topic on my calendar for May this year, and has seen me reviewing educational material relating to power assist in recent weeks.  In my presentation I have one slide that I am wrestling with, and this relates to our current approach to power assist – and whether we are proactive…

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Are We Reactive Or Proactive in Our Approach to AT?

This is something that I recently thought about when teaching a course on power assist. This topic does not just relate to power assist but to all Assistive Technology (AT). First, let’s define what I mean when I say proactive versus reactive. The dictionary defines proactive as “taking action by causing change and not only…

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Funding Reports and the Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM)

Our last three webinars for 2020 are looking at funding and how to write successful funding reports. Writing reports is a skill that some of us struggle more with than others, where understanding what information is vital to the funding report can be a challenge. In today’s blog we take a look at the Wheelchair Outcome…

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Mobility is a Human Right. Why we can’t ignore this topic anymore.

Did you ever attend a course, read an article, or hear a topic and think to yourself, “Yes, this is important. I need to remember this.”? But within a couple weeks this new topic or idea has left your mind. It happens to all of us. We get motivated by hearing someone’s passion, but how…

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Why Everyone Should Be Talking About the Shoulder

If you are a physio or occupational therapist working with an individual who is utilising a manual or power wheelchair, you should have a better understanding of the shoulder than a sports physio. Yes, that’s right you read that sentence correctly. Our client needs us to better understand the shoulder than a sports physio. Why?…

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International Wheelchair Day and Accessibility

This week’s blog celebrates International Wheelchair Day and looks into the fundamental concept of accessibility and inclusion. March 1st 2008 was the first International Wheelchair Day, founded by Steve Wilkinson and has been celebrated on this date every year since. The day has recently gained more traction and provides an opportunity for wheelchair users, their…

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Making Professional Development Opportunities Work for You

Is it enough to just walk around an expo or attend a clinical presentation, conference or workshop? For me, ongoing or continuous development is not so much about meeting the hours required for registration. It is about filling my knowledge gaps and challenging my thinking. If you are just attending to tick off hours you…

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