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IC32 Powered Mobility for Users with Minimal Physical Access: From Trials to Funding

Program ID Number: CRS000707
CEU Course ID: P289.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 hour

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Wheelchair users with minimal movement present challenges for access to powered mobility and AAC. Systematic trials of integrated controls are needed for securing funding. This presentation includes a case study of a user with locked-in syndrome, a review of technologies for users with extremely limited access and documentation of medical necessity. The information is applicable to users with high level spinal cord injuries, TBI, SMA and progressive neuromuscular disorders such as MD, ALS and MS.


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Mary C. Bacci, PT, MS
Northern Suburban Special Education District
Highland Park, IL
United States

Mary Bacci works on AT Team at Northern Suburban Special Education District. She has been a school based therapist since 1980 and for 9 years, worked part time at NSSED and the Assistive Technology Unit of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received BS degrees in Biology and Physical Therapy and MS in Rehab Technology. She has presented on topics of wheelchair evaluation and AT locally, at RESNA (2009) and ISS (2011).

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.



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Updated | 06.25.2015