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Beyond the Standard Joystick: Alternative Drive Control Options for Power Wheelchairs

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Providing a client with independent mobility through a power wheelchair can be life-changing for the individual. However, in many cases driving with a standard joystick is simply not an option for the client due to physical and/or intellectual limitations. The good news is there are numerous adaptations and alternative drive controls that can be utilized to drive a power wheelchair. During this one-hour educational session, participants will be introduced to a variety of equipment, adaptations, and concepts that may improve their clients' level of success with finding greater independence through power mobility.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this educational session, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe three clinical situations in which an alternative control may be required for a client to drive a power wheelchair.
  2. Describe the difference between proportional and non-proportional drive controls.
  3. Compare and contrast at least five different drive controls and defend the clinical application of each.

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