APTA Professionals Launch Special Interest Group Focused on Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility

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New SIG aims to educate and foster evidence-based practice in the evaluation, prescription and training of individuals to effectively use AT/SWM

ROHO, Inc.’s Clinical Applications Manager Tricia Garven, PT, ATP, is a key contributor in launching a new Special Interest Group (SIG) within the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Neurology Section. The new SIG is focused on education and issues for physical therapy professionals and students in the field of Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility (AT/SWM).

The new SIG fills a void. Although many members of the APTA’s Neurology Section serve individuals with conditions that impair their long term function – oftentimes leading to the need for assistive technologies – there is currently no SIG within the APTA focused on developing knowledge and fostering evidence-based practice in the evaluation, prescription, and training of individuals to effectively use AT/SWM. Whether you prescribe assistive technologies only intermittently, or as a routine part of your job role, this SIG will provide valuable networking opportunities for problem-solving, knowledge sharing, and impacting legislation and policy related to AT/SWM.

“At ROHO, we believe we all have a stake to improve outcomes for anyone at risk for deep tissue injury,” said Garven. “We have a longstanding commitment to what we call ‘the science of safe seating.’ Working with and helping educate professionals in the area of AT/SWM is further evidence of that commitment.”

The new AT/SWM SIG is actively seeking members, including current APTA members and professionals not yet members of APTA. To join the new SIG one must be an APTA member and a member of the Neurology Section. Interested professionals may sign up for the AT/SWM SIG at: http://www.neuropt.org/special-interest-groups/special-interest-groups-sign-up

Or, to learn more, visit the new AT/SWM SIG website under development at: http://www.neuropt.org/special-interest-groups/assistive-technology-seating-wheeled-mobility-sig


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