Powered mobility driving assessments are recognized as an important part of the wheelchair service delivery process. Wheelchair providers and prescribers have a responsibility to ensure the recipient is a safe and effective driver. This webinar will outline the variety of formal and informal approaches which may be used to assess driving ability for a range of clientele. We will discuss approaches to address specific wheelchair driving skills, as well as those which assess the requisite skills for wheelchair driving more globally. Finally, we will discuss challenges associated with assessing individuals with memory difficulties and diminished cognitive capacity, as well as the challenges posed by individuals with progressive conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify two formal evidence based approaches to powered mobility driving assessments;
  2. Participants will be able to name five personal characteristics which should be assessed formally or informally prior to providing a powered mobility device; and 
  3. Participants will be able to outline three challenges posed by individuals with diminished memory, cognitive capacity, and/or progressive conditions in the powered mobility driving assessment process.
This one-hour webinar was originally presented by Emma Smith, ATP/SMS on November 7, 2016. It is worth 0.1 RESNA CEUs.