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12th Virtual Grand Rounds – Assistive Technology Assessment and Service Delivery

Program ID Number: CRS000280
CEU Course ID: P240.12
Webinar Length of Time: 1.5 hour

Recorded Date: March 19, 2012

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Mark R. Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP    

Mark Schmeler is an Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, and Director of the Continuing Education Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the course director for the International Seating Symposium hosted in the USA and directs several other continuing education venues including web-based post- `professional education and training. He also directs a national contract to develop Assistive Technology Clinics within the Veterans Administration’s four regional Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers. He has over 20 years of clinical practice experience and currently practices as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional in the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which he helped establish and directed until 2005. His graduate teaching responsibilities are in the area of assistive technology funding & policy as well as clinical applications of wheelchair seating and mobility applying case-based and evidence based practice. His area of research is in the development and application of functional outcomes measures, product development, and telerehabilitation. He also works closely with national organizations as an advocate for appropriate coverage policies related to assistive technology. He currently serves on the RESNA Board of Directors.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.
* No conflicts have been disclosed.


Assistive Technology (AT) is sometimes perceived as complicated and perhaps overwhelming given most rehabilitation clinicians receive little pre-professional training in this area.  This session will break down and discuss the variables associated with best-practice in the provision of AT.  Various models will be utilized to describe the process and demonstrate how the fundamental knowledge and skills common to many rehabilitation clinicians can be applied to the AT process.  Specific topics covered include assessment, service delivery models, device evaluation, policy, documentation, and outcome measures.


Learning Objectives

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:


CEU Registration and Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.5 hours of instruction.

The cost for the webinar is $59.00

Before viewing the program

You will receive a payment confirmation via e-mail. (Please allow 30 minutes for the database to process your payment and send the confirmation e-mail). You may view the webinar for free but to access the post test and evaluation to receive CEU's you must paid for the course.

After viewing the program

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  1. Select the Sign Into RSTCE Database
  2. Log-in as Registered User
    (this is your user information and password that you created prior to the viewing).
  3. Select Post Tests and Evaluations
  4. Select and complete the course post test and evaluation
  5. Select Submit

You will receive your CEU Certificate via e-mailed as a pdf file (Please allow 30 minutes for the database to process your certificate and send it to your e-mail).

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.


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Updated | 03.24.2012