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Empower Your Practice with Applied Product Standards

Program ID : ISSWS2021.02
Webinar Length of Time: 1.5 hr 

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Ever wonder how products get to market? Ever wonder how these products are tested? Attend this interactive discussion and presentation and you will find out. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on wheelchair standards at the University of Pittsburgh aims to spread awareness about how frontline providers can use test standards in a clinically meaningful way to improve quality care and call-out concerns of quality. This webinar will be structured as a dialogue between clinicians, manufacturers, standards experts, suppliers and wheelchair users to address poor product quality and its adverse effects. Practitioners will walk away from our training with the ability to approach suppliers with questions that empower their patients' product decisions. It's time for performance standard test results to drive product quality and improve patients care.

Learning Objectives


David Brienza, PhD

Dr. Brienza is the Associate Dean for Technology and Innovation, and Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focus is investigating, developing, and evaluating seat cushions and mattresses for tissue integrity management.

Kendra Betz, PT, ATP

Kendra is a physical therapist with many years of experience in wheeled mobility at the VA and in her role with the National Center for Patient Safety.

Gerry Dickerson, ATP, CRTS

Gerry is the president of the National Registry of Rehab Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). Gerry is also an ATP and CRTS who works in the New York City area for National Seating & Mobility.

Todd Hargroder

Todd is the founder of Accessible Designs Inc., known for its innovative backrests and manual wheelchair components. Todd has used a wheelchair for more than 30 years.

Kara Kopplin

Kara is the Director of Regulatory Science for Permobil and contributes to the efforts of the International Organization for Standardization, and European Committee for Standardization to develop objective test methods for wheelchair systems and components. Kara is Chair of the RESNA Wheelchair and Related Seating Standards Committee.

Jon Pearlman, PhD

Dr. Pearlman is the Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focus is in assistive technology design, product development, and testing.

Rebecca Russell, PT, ATP

Becky is a Clinical Physical Therapy Specialist and ATP at the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Webinar Host: Laurie Watanabe

Laurie Watanabe has been the editor of Mobility Management magazine since its founding in 2002. Mobility Management produces media on wheeled mobility, accessibility technology, and other Complex Rehab Technology.

Recorded live April 23, 2021

CEU Registration

This webinar is presented as part of a Kickoff Series in preparation for the 35th annual International Seating Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA. Thus, CEU credits are offered for free. If you enjoyed this presentation, we encourage you to visit The ISS Website to learn more about the symposium.

Instructions to obtain CEUs:

To obtain CEUs, follow the instructions below after viewing the presentation.

  1. Log in at www.rstce.org. If you do not have an account, click "Create New Profile" to make one.
  2. After logging in, select "2021 ISS Webinar Series"
  3. Select this webinar and complete the attestation
  4. Complete your registration using the CEU code provided at the end of the session

You will then receive your CEU certifcate via email. Processing may take up to 10 minutes between the completion of your registration and the receipt of your certificate.

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.
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Updated | 04.26.2021