We’ve compiled a series of clinical articles and funding resources to help educate our professionals and partners. We are continuously updating our resources to ensure you’re getting the most accurate and up-to-date information.
 

Forms​

Available for anyone to use, this for was developed by a team of therapy experts who have many years of experience with mobility and seating evaluations. This form provides more fields for increased documentation details and incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to the evaluation process for both manual and power chairs. It has an intuitive logic to assess and document medical necessity and may be a good option for clinicians. This wheelchair and seating assessment guides the clinical team through the necessary information needed to justify manual and powered wheelchairs, as well as seating supports. It is available for anyone to use. Pam Glazener, the Occupational Therapist who lead the development of the form, guides the viewer through tips on how to efficiently complete each section of the form.

Clinical Articles

This clinical book is the based on the International Standard Organization’s standards on body and equipment measures. Authored by Kelly Waugh and Barbara Crane, it can be used for both clinical and clinical research purposes. Many pick and choose which measures they would like to use for their own clinical practices. This is a Clinical Practice Guideline, funded by the Paralyzed Veteran’s Association. Michael Boninger, MD, led a core group of clinicians and researchers through clinical and research evidence toward creation of best practices for maintaining healthy upper extremities for individuals with spinal cord injury. The paper provides a systematic review of all relevant literature regarding the benefits of standing, related specifically to standing within a wheelchair device. Provides specific measures that are necessary for obese individuals to help ensure appropriately fitting equipment. The information around aging with a disability applies to both those who acquired a disability and who were born with disabilities. We use research information to assist in informing our clinical practices. Information can be a double-edged sword.  A marquee in Colorado Springs read, “We are drowning in information but starving for wisdom”. Upon further investigation, the quote was found to be made by Edward Osborn Wilson, and is completed by, “The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely” (Brainyquote.com). This is a two-pronged issue — information and wisdom, and the balance of the two. The wisdom comes from our cumulative experiences with our clients that we can integrate in to our practices. The information comes from research and other literature. One cannot be employed without the other. The stories of our clients, combined with our professional responsibility to stay current in our fields, allow us to guide our clients toward choices that are wise for them. If you work in the field of complex rehab technology (CRT), you need to be aware of the affects that aging can have on those with disabilities.

Nu Digest Articles


The Nu Digest articles provide “quick bites” of information about various clinical topics. They include other resources for those desiring further information on certain topics.

General CRT
Seating and Positioning
Alternative Positioning 
Pediatrics 
Powered Mobility 
Manual Mobility 
Medical Supplies  
Medicare

Clinical Resources 

The National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers publishes a bi-monthly magazine called “Directions”. Among other valuable information are the complex case studies submitted by clinical teams throughout the US. The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology is an association of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) suppliers and manufacturers focused on ensuring that individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions have access to CRT products and supporting services. Toward that end, they provide resource material related to equipment and funding. RESNA committees have produced position papers similar to the one above, on various equipment types and clinical information. They all share the concept of gathering current research to support appropriate clinical practice and funding. Website compiled and managed by Michelle Lange, an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Assistive Technology, specifically related to anything wheeled mobility, seating and device access. Book that presents clinical assessment considerations for working with a person with a disability who may need wheelchair seating for postural support, skin integrity, or a wheelchair base to best meet dependent or independent mobility needs. This guide provides the depth and breadth of the clinical practice of wheelchair seating and mobility to both those who are new to the field, as well as seasoned professionals. The Guidelines, from the Spina Bifida Association, were developed to provide every healthcare professional–from generalists to specialists–a road map of the best evidenced-based and expert treatment available from birth through adulthood. One hundred Spina Bifida experts from around the world spent three years developing these Guidelines that cover 25 topics ranging from bowel management to sexuality to physical activity and more. 

Funding Resources
Given the unique process of finding the right mobility solution, navigating the insurance process can be complicated. We strive to provide clear direction and information to minimize issues and create positive outcomes. That’s why we’ve put together resources that can help you seamlessly guide your members during the process.

Medicare Training Material

Additional Resources