Introduction to Wheelchair Service Provision

Introduction to Wheelchair Service Provision

Developing knowledge and effectiveness in wheelchair service provision.

Introduction

The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing personal mobility, which is a precondition for enjoying human rights and living in dignity. For many people, an appropriate, well-designed and well-fitted wheelchair can be the first step towards integration, participation and inclusion in society. It is much more than just an assistive device for many people with impairments; it is the means by which they can exercise their human rights and achieve inclusion and equal participation.

Aims

This course aims to provide a basic theoretical understanding of wheelchair mobility and to develop an understanding of the theoretical principles, skills and knowledge underlying the management skills and knowledge in the management of wheelchair service delivery.

Outline

This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Global Disability Context and Wheelchair Mobility
  2. Aetiology and Epidemiology
  3. Appropriate Wheelchair
  4. Introduction to Wheelchair Design

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students. Other interested professionals such as prosthetists/orthotists, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.