This course summarizes research to date on smart wheelchairs, describing smart wheelchair components and functions and how smart wheelchairs can help increase driving safety and independence of powered wheelchair users. The course also describes limitations to current research, gaps in wheelchair assessment and training, and design and ethical considerations for smart wheelchairs.
Course created on February 26, 2019
Course Type: Video
CEUs/Hours Offered: AOTA/0.1 Intermediate, OT Service Delivery; CE Broker/1.0 Home Study, General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct Client/patient Services In Occupational Therapy (SC), Related To OT (AZ), Related To OT (LA), Directly Related To OT (MS), Directly Related To OT (TN), CE Broker #20-709396; IACET/0.1; NBCOT PDUs/1.25 Intermediate, Rehabilitation; RESNA/0.1 Intermediate
- After this course, participants will be able to describe a smart wheelchair, provide 3 examples of components and functions of a smart wheelchair, and 3 ways in which a smart wheelchair can increase driving safety and independence.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe 3 gaps in wheelchair assessment and training.
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss 3 design and ethical considerations for smart wheelchairs.
|5-25 Minutes||Overview of a smart wheelchair|
|25-45 Minutes||Wheelchair assessment and training|
|45-55 Minutes||Design and ethical considerations for smart wheelchairs|
PhD OT (Reg)
Rosalie Wang, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. She is an Affiliate Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and a member of their AI and Robotics in Rehabilitation team. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on developing and implementing technology to enable daily activity participation and social inclusion of seniors. She is leading research in robotics for post-stroke rehabilitation and on the use of information and communication technologies by
seniors with cognitive impairments. As an AGE-WELL investigator she leads a national project on enhancing equitable access to assistive technologies. Her doctoral thesis examined the use of collision-avoidance technology to enable power wheelchair mobility with long-term care home residents with cognitive impairments. Her research included some of the first clinical studies to explore the use of collision-avoidance technology and multimodal user interfaces to assist navigation in this population.
Pooja Viswanathan, PhD, completed doctoral and post-doctoral research in robotics and assistive technologies, at the University of British Columbia and University of Toronto, respectively, gaining almost a decade of experience developing and testing "smart" wheelchairs that could help prevent collisions and provide navigation assistance. She founded Braze Mobility Inc. in 2016 to commercialize smart wheelchair technology. Dr. Viswanathan is a recipient of Ontario Brain Institute's Entrepreneur Fellowship and several awards from AGE-WELL NCE.
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