The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) and Clinician Task Force (CTF) are two organizations dedicated to supporting the wheeled seating and mobility sector. ISWP’s mission is to advocate for education, evidence-based practice, scholarship, consistent standards, and innovation to further wheelchair service provision access internationally, while CTF advocates for those in need of assistive technology to have access of appropriate wheeled seating and mobility by sharing knowledge and experiences of competent clinicians in the field. During this capstone experience, I partnered with ISWP contributing to their Wheelchair Educator’s Package (WEP) by developing an engagement survey to gage the Participatory Action Research (PAR) participant perspective on the development of the WEP. I also collaborated with a team of writers to prepare a PAR methods manuscript. While partnering with CTF, I worked on analyzing and disseminating results of their mixed methods study purposed to determine how members of CTF contribute to academic education of occupational and physical therapy programs in the United States. Throughout this project, I learned the knowledge, skills, and, attitudes required by entry level wheelchair service providers and contributed to the integration of consistent wheelchair service provision education to ensure those in need of wheeled seating and mobility have adequate access.
Dr. Teresa Plummer
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
wheelchair service provision; wheelchair service provision education
Bumbalough, Taylor, "The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Needed for Entry Level Wheelchair Service Providers: A Collaboration with ISWP and CTF" (2022). OTD Capstone Projects. 113.