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Is the Headrest Just an Accessory?

When prescribing a wheelchair and seating system there is usually discussion on what are blanket-branded as accessories. When we look at the definition of an “accessory” we find:   NOUN – a thing which can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. “a range of bathroom accessories”  synonyms: attachment · extra · addition · add-on · retrofit · adjunct ·…

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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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When Do We Consider Renting AT Equipment?

Today we will discuss some situations where rental may be a beneficial option to consider. Over the years I have been contacted frequently about renting Assistive Technology (AT) for mobility and seating, from basic entry level through to complex solutions. Interim Use Interim use often refers to short term use whilst waiting for your regular…

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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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Wheeled Mobility Devices Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles – what do we need to know?

Last week we looked at ISO standards – the history behind these and how they apply to wheelchairs.  This week we are looking at one particular standard – ISO 7176-19:2008 – Wheeled mobility devices used as seats in motor vehicles.  This standard is similar to the ANSI/RESNA WC19 standard, the recommended standard in North America, often…

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ISO Standards – What are they and why are they important?

ISO standards are a term many of us have heard of and are influenced by in our daily lives, but perhaps don’t know much about. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organisation, with membership of 164 national standards bodies. The name ISO is derived from the Greek ‘isos’ meaning equal, with the name ISO being…

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day – 7 September

Monday 7th September marks Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) awareness day in both Australia and New Zealand, a global day to raise awareness of those affected by Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD). DMD and BMD are both X-linked recessive disorders, caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. This mutation can be caused by a certain…

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