New APTA Special Interest Group Focuses on Assistive Technology, Seating, and Wheeled Mobility
The new special interest group (SIG) reportedly will be focused on education and issues for physical therapy professionals and students in the field of Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility (AT/SWM). The new group was announced in a recent media release from ROHO Inc, Belleville, Ill. According to the release, ROHO Inc’s clinical applications manager, Tricia Garven, PT, ATP, is a key contributor in launching the group within the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Neurology Section.
The new SIG is said to fill a void. Although many members of the APTA’s Neurology Section serve individuals with conditions that impair their long-term function—oftentimes leading to the need for assistive technologies—there reported is currently no SIG within the APTA focused on developing knowledge and fostering evidence-based practice in the evaluation, prescription, and training of individuals to effectively use AT/SWM. Whether clinicians prescribe assistive technologies only intermittently, or as a routine part of the job, this SIG aims to provide valuable networking opportunities for problem-solving, knowledge-sharing, and impacting legislation and policy related to AT-SWM.
“At ROHO, we believe we all have a stake to improve outcomes for anyone at risk for deep tissue injury,” Garven says. “We have a long-standing commitment to what we call the science of safe seating. Working with and helping educate professionals in the area of AT/SWM is further evidence of that commitment.”
The new AT/SWM SIG is actively seeking members, including current APTA members and professionals not yet members of APTA. To join the new SIG, one must be an APTA member and a member of the Neurology Section.