Using a Manual Wheelchair

Mobile – iOS

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In this course, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your manual wheelchair by working with therapists and vendors to choose a chair that’s right for you, developing your wheelchair skills, and learning how to problem-solve when you encounter an obstacle.

Every wheelchair user has unique needs, so it’s important to start by getting an understanding of your individual circumstances. You can then work with partners such as therapists and equipment vendors to explore the different options that are available and choose the one that is most suitable for you.

When you get your new chair, it’s important to make sure it fits you and that it’s been set up properly. Understanding the different parts & components of your chair will help you perform basic maintenance and handle problems you may encounter.

In the second section of this course, you’ll have a chance to learn essential wheelchair skills that will help you to get around safely at home and in the community; for each skill, you’ll find detailed instructions and a video demonstration.

Finally, in section three, you’ll learn how to problem-solve when you encounter an obstacle, and you’ll have a chance to practice your problem-solving skills in real-life scenarios.

Course Contents
Section 1 - You and Your wheelchair
1.1-Your Unique Needs
1.2-Types of Chairs
1.3-Getting a Chair
1.4-Fit and Set-up
1.5-Safety and Maintenance
1.6-Partners: Therapists & Vendors

Section 2 - Wheelchair Skills
2.1-Wheelchair Skills
2.2-Transfers & Positioning
2.3-Indoor Skills
2.4-Community Skills
2.5-Advanced Skills

Section 3 -Problem-Solving Past Barriers
3.1-Overcoming Barriers
3.3-Scenario 1: Joey
3.4-Scenario 2: Maria
3.5-Scenario 3: Sam