Movable mounts enable people to do more things, more independently than static mounts or trays. Mounted devices may be moved for improved access or to enable a person to do other things, such as transfer, pull up to a table or sink, or see to drive or watch TV. Trays, cameras, phones, tablets, laptops and speech devices can be attached and swapped out easily. Multiple devices may be attached to a person’s wheelchair, walker, table, bed or floor stand. Different devices can be attached and moved to various usable positions, depending on a person’s activities.
Participants will be introduced to the features, operation and setup of a range of movable mounts, from simple mounts, to locking mounts to power mounts. Case studies cover a variety of uses and end users, illustrating considerations when pairing the features and benefits of different mounts to their needs. Accessories such as trays, speech device plates, and wheelchair attachment hardware will be reviewed.  The presentation includes results from an outcomes research study by Ithica College demonstrating the positive impacts of using a movable mount.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify 4 different types of movable mounts and discuss when you would want a locking vs non-locking mount
  • Participants will be able to list the 4 main components of a mounting system
  • Participants will be able to list 3 medical justifications for recommending a mount that moves
  • Participants will be able to list 4 potential funding sources and 2 reimbursement codes
  • Participants will be able to describe good candidates and 3 uses for a power mount

About the Speaker

Dianne Goodwin is President of BlueSky Designs, a company she founded in 1997 to develop innovative products for people with disabilities. She has worked in the fields of Rehab Engineering and Assistive technology since 1984. She has a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, with an emphasis in Rehab Engineering. Prior to founding BlueSky Designs, she was a Rehab Engineer at Gillette Children’s Hospital and Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, and developed commercial assistive devices at AbleNet, including the Specs Switch and All-Turn-It Spinner. Goodwin has served on the Board of RESNA and presented at Assistive Technology conferences including RESNA, ISS, Closing the Gap, ISAAC and AAATE.
Since 1997, BlueSky Designs has been awarded twelve Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Resulting products and patents include movable mounts, power mounts and an accessible tent. In 2006, the Freedom tent received a DaVinci Award from the MS Society for excellence in Universal Design. In 2008, BlueSky began manufacturing the Mount’n Mover, an independently movable mount. In 2018, switch-accessible power mounts were launched. Current development includes a power mount which automatically repositions devices for eye gaze access. 


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