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When: You may register at any time. The course is self-paced, and you have up to 6 weeks to complete it.

Tuition: The registration fee is $150.

Course Credits: 1.5 CEUs will be provided by RESNA, who is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Primary Contact:
Trin Intra
(404) 894-0954

Course Title

Evidence-Based Manual Wheelchair Prescription & Practice

This web-based training (WBT) program will describe the impact of technology-based and clinically-based (e.g. clinical outcomes) research on current manual wheelchair therapy practice.


Therapists frequently occupy leadership roles in the assessment of mobility devices and recommendation of technologies that are best suited to meet the needs of an individual with mobility impairment. With increasing autonomy of therapy practice, therapists have greater responsibility to meet all of the needs of clients served, including their technology needs. This web-based training (WBT) program will include presentation of current research related to the clinical practice of manual wheelchair assessment, recommendation and training. Research related to both clinical assessment procedures and current technologies will be reviewed.

Target Audience

This course is designed for:

Basic to intermediate information designed to impart knowledge necessary to provide more objective equipment recommendations and interventions that improve outcomes is presented.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the state of the evidence and “best practices” (indications and contraindications) for manual wheelchair technologies as applied to their daily practice and patient population.
  2. Evaluate, recommend and specify manual wheelchair technologies for individuals with mobility impairments designed to optimize function.
  3. Use evidence based rationale in comprehensive letters of medical necessity for manual wheelchair technologies.
  4. Discuss areas in which current clinical practice relies on clinical expertise and experience versus those relying on research evidence
  5. Identify areas related to manual wheelchair technologies, practices and applications that require further research evidence development

Course Requirements

The course requires intermediate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and physical disabilities. Prior knowledge of seating and positioning is a plus but is not required to take this course. Information relating to these topics will be discussed for those who are interested in using these style sheets and languages to develop their sites.


Funding for this project was provided by NIDRR through the RERC for Wheeled Mobility (H133E030035) and the Research Utilization Support and Help (RUSH) Project (H133A031402).

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Christy Acker MSPT is a physical therapist at the Shepherd Center with 9 years experience in neurologic rehabilitation. Christy is also an affiliate in clinical research at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Ga Tech and a clinical educator in the prosthetics and orthotics programs at Ga Tech. She has lectured in Georgia on functional progressions for people with spinal cord injuries.

Laura Cohen, PhD, PT, ATP is an affiliate clinical research scientist at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. She is co-coordinator of the Clinician Task Force for the Coalition to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Mobility Products a leading group of seating and mobility clinicians working to influence Medicare and Medicaid policy with regards to mobility assistance equipment. She works on Knowledge Translation projects for the RERC: Mobility in Everyday Life. For the past 10 years she has provided second level review services for a third party payor reviewing DME requests in 21 states.

Kim Davis MSPT, ATP has been a physical therapist for 19 years, specializing in seating and wheeled mobility, in the areas of both service delivery and clinical research. She currently holds the position of Clinical Research Scientist at the Crawford Research Institute of Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, through which she also works for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focus includes wheelchair seating, pressure ulcer detection and assessment, and clinical application of interface pressure mapping. She is a long term active member of RESNA, and is an instructor for RESNA’s Centre for Continuing Education. She serves on the National Pressure Advisory Panel, as well as serving on the RESNA Technical Standards Committee on Wheelchair and Related Seating.

Weerawat Limroongreungrat PhD, PT is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Physical Therapy at Georgia State University. His primary research interests are in the area of biomechanics related to wheelchair locomotion, posture, balance and gait analysis.

Chris Maurer MPT, ATP is a physical therapist at Shepherd Center with over 12 years experience in rehabilitation working with individuals with a variety of diagnoses. She has spent the past 5 years practicing in the area of seating and mobility specializing in the area of spinal cord injury, traumatic head injury, multiple sclerosis and other degenerative neuromuscular diseases. Chris has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of functional progression for people with spinal cord injuries and various topics in the area of seating and mobility. Chris is an investigator working on the RERC: Mobility in Everyday Life developing seating and wheeled mobility technologies and studying applications of these technologies in clinical practice.

Stephen Sprigle PhD, PT is a biomedical engineer and physical therapist and is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Clinical Research Scientist at the Shepherd Center. His research interests include wheelchair seating and posture, pressure ulcer prevention, incipient pressure ulcer detection, standardized wheelchair cushion and support surface testing and assistive technology outcomes. Dr. Sprigle is currently the principal investigator of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility and the Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access at GA Tech.

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