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15th VA PRAT Virtual Grand Rounds: Assistive Technology for Sports & Recreation

Program ID Number: CRS000475
CEU Course ID: P249.13
Webinar Length of Time: 1.5 hour

Recorded Date: March 7, 2013

Link to view the lecture presentation:


Kendra L. Betz, MSPT, ATP

Rehabilitation & Prosthetic Service, VA Central Office
Washington, DC
United States

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.


Individuals with disabilities who use assistive technology often require adaptive equipment for sports and recreational pursuits.  Limitations resulting from a disability are the same to the individual, regardless of the environment or context in which they participate.  This 90 minute presentation provides an overview of common activities and equipment available to pursue adaptive sports and recreation.  Professional skills necessary to evaluate a client, recommend equipment, and provide education and training are discussed to facilitate successful implementation of a person’s chosen recreational pursuits.  Throughout the presentation, case examples are utilized to emphasize key points and successful outcomes with incorporation of relevant research findings.  Additionally, funding sources are identified and resources shared to encourage AT professionals to get involved and apply their skills to adaptive sports and recreation support.

Learning Objectives

Upon attending this lecture/seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 5 new sports and recreation opportunities available to participants with disabilities.
  2. Discuss 3 components of the interdisciplinary client evaluation necessary to identify adaptive sports equipment needs.
  3. Highlight 2 aspects of their everyday work that contribute toward positive outcomes associated with adaptive sports and recreation participation.
  4. Locate at least 3 additional resources for adaptive sports equipment support.  



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  5. Sporner ML, Fitzgerald SG, Dicianno BE, Collins D, Teodorski E, Pasquina PF, Cooper RA. Psychosocial impact of participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Winter Sports Clinic. Disabil Rehabil. 2009:31(5): 410-18.
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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 | 05.08.2013