APT: Access for Independence - Taking Mobility to a New Level, Adelaide

Aidacare Adelaide, 71 Port Road, Thebarton SA 5031

18 Nov 2015 8:00 AM

Explore the steps to choosing the correct specialty control during an evaluation and the clinical reasons/justifications for power positioning components.

APT: Access for Independence

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ACDT)

The word “Access” has many different meanings when dealing with power mobility. It can represent access to a power wheelchair, access to power seat functions to maintain good health or it can represent access to the environment. Each of these scenarios pose various accessibility challenges for individuals.

In this presentation, we will explore the steps to choosing the correct specialty control during an evaluation and the clinical reasons/justifications for power positioning components (tilt, recline, power elevating leg rests, and power adjustable seat height). After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to try the equipment and have individual questions answered.

Lunch is provided. Please email kate.williamson@aidacare.com.au if you have any dietary requirements.

Presenter: Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS
Quantum Senior Clinical Education Manager

Jay has over 20 years of clinical experience with a heavy focus on seating and positioning. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1995 with a B.S. in occupational therapy. Jay has also earned his ATP and SMS certifications from RESNA.

In 1995, Jay started working at National Rehabilitation Hospital where he spent a year and a half serving as a staff therapist on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, treating adults with a variety of neurological and orthopedic disorders. In 1996, he started working for ATECH Services, an assistive technology center providing a wide variety of assistive technology services to consumers throughout the state.

During Jay’s tenure at ATECH, he had extensive experience in working with clients living with brain and spinal cord injuries, progressive neurological disorders and developmental disabilities with a broad spectrum focus that allowed him to work with both adult and pediatric populations.

Currently, Jay works as the Senior Clinical Education Manager – Eastern US at Pride Mobility Products Corporation where his focus is on development and presentation of education programs on in the field of complex mobility.