2017-08-22, Empowering Individuals who use Wheelchairs to Ensure Safe and Dignified Transportation 08.22.17

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Danielle Morris, PT, DPT, PCS, CPST, C/NDT will present. Individuals who use wheelchairs face challenges when seeking to gain safe and dignified transportation in private and public vehicles. Challenges during transportation include: a lack of knowledge, skills and training; poor access to equipment; improper securement of equipment; a lack of access to resources and funding; time; and attitudes and perceptions. Uninformed choices and misuse place individuals who ride in wheelchairs at an increased risk for injury. Development of a comprehensive program to help teach and empower individuals, families, care providers, health care personnel, and community professionals about safe transportation should be developed and facilitated by rehabilitation professionals. This webinar will guide participants in acquiring knowledge needed to facilitate safe and dignified transportation for individuals seated in wheelchairs. Participants will gain knowledge needed to begin developing comprehensive plans that will focus on empowering strategies which will allow individuals to take an active role in their own transportation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The participant will be able to identify at least 3 state and federal laws, voluntary rules, and regulations and guidelines, that influence decision making for transportation of individuals using wheelchairs.
  • The participant will be able to list at least 3 wheelchair features and accessories, and 2 vehicle features and securement methods that promote safe transportation.
  • The participant will be able to identify at least 3 potential barriers and 3 potential facilitators of safe transportation through investigation of current research, and develop potential solutions that could be included in a comprehensive education plan designed to promote safe transportation.

Danielle Morris is a senior pediatric physical therapist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1993, and a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2009, and her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in December 2015. She is a Pediatric Certified Specialist, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with training in providing transportation for children with special health care needs, and is certified in pediatric NeuroDevelopmental Treatment ( NDT). Danielle serves as the Louisiana Child Passenger Safety Task Force-Co-Coordinator for providing safe transportation for children with special health care needs, including those who travel in wheelchairs. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and serves as an executive board member for the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association.