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A seating and mobility evaluation cannot begin without an understanding of the client’s diagnoses and associated conditions. Anyone working in the rehabilitation field, including specialists in seating and wheeled mobility, must understand the implications of and changes that occur in clients who are aging with a disability. Before one can understand the issues surrounding aging with a disability, the natural history of surviving disabling conditions must be understood.
In the last 25 years or so, there has been a great deal of research into the effects of aging with disabilities. That information has been slow to make its way to the clinical environment. Also, many of the clients that are seen with aging problems by clinicians went through rehabilitation at a time when philosophies differed markedly from today. The combination of all of these issues necessitate an understanding of all the factors involved — both the best clinical approaches as well as an awareness of research findings that can be incorporated in to their own clinical practices. 

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will be able to identify two research studies that can be used clinically.
  2. The participant will be able to list one factor of today’s rehabilitation philosophy that is different from about 40 years ago.
  3. The participant will be able to identify one factor of aging with a spinal cord injury to consider when interviewing the client.
  4. The participant will be able to identify two factors relevant to aging with a disability to consider when interviewing the client.
  5. The participant will be able to identify two considerations prior to making seating and mobility recommendations.


Courses are available upon request and are customized for you or your organization's needs. Registration is not necessary for IACET Presentations, but if you are interested in scheduling a course or presentation, please contact the Numotion Clinical Education Department at 800-500-9150 or email us for more information.

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