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DEC 2017

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Mobility Briefs Rehab Medical launches website with new focus INDIANAPOLIS – Rehab Medical has launched a new website,, with a new focus on customer service, patient mobility, independence and well-being. The user-friendly site guides visitors through the health insurance process for complex rehab, and features informational resources. "Our everyday focus is to provide expertise and efficient, individualized attention to the many stakeholders that are involved in the ardu- ous process of providing advanced medical equipment," said Kevin Gearheart, president. Rehab Medical serves more than 12,000 pa- tients a year in 12 states. Home mods committee goes nationwide WATERLOO, Iowa – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services has expanded its Home Modification Accessibility Com- mittee to include companies nationwide. MAMES says expanding HMAC will help to develop a consistent voice to address issues in the home accessibility market on a national and state level. A key priority for the newly expanded committee: moving H.R. 1780, the Senior Housing Act, forward. The act would provide incentives to individuals 60 years of age and older to "age in place" by providing a $30,000 tax credit for home modifications. RESNA seeks proposals ARLINGTON, Va. – The deadline for RESNA's Call for Proposals for its 2018 conference, slated for July 11-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va., is fast approaching. This year's theme: #ingenuityATwork, representing "the focus of assistive technology and rehabilita- tion engineering's growing innovation and impact to make the world more accessible," the organization says. The deadline for pro- posals is Dec. 1. RESNA will select proposals by Jan. 31, 2018, and publish the conference schedule in March 2018. NSM reaches statewide coverage in Texas NASHVILLE – National Seating & Mobility has expanded its presence in West Texas with its acquisition of Mobility Unlimited. NSM will assume operations of Mobility Unlimited's lo- cations in Midland and Abilene, rounding out its statewide service in Texas. "This acquisi- tion positions NSM to serve clients across Texas," said Bill Mixon, CEO. Three ATPs, one RTS and a general manager will transi- tion to the NSM team. NSM also has loca- tions in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Beaumont and McAllen. NRRTS joins ITEM Coalition LUBBOCK, Texas – NRRTS has become a mem- ber of the ITEM Coalition, says Executive Di- rector Weesie Walker. NRRTS also recently participated in the United Spinal Associa- tion's Roll on Capitol Hill, an annual advoca- cy and lobbying event. "We're trying to draw together all the different organizations," said Walker. "That's something the board feels re- ally strong about." ■ Weesie Walker says NRRTS's old website was like a car with 500,000 miles. See story this page. 14 HME NE w S / d ECEM b ER 2017 / www. HMENE w S . C o M Wheelchair standards need 'teeth,' researchers say . . . . . 1 Lange, Minkel publish seating guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Numotion employees go to Guatemala on mission . . . . . 14 Cooper wins award for wheelchair innovation . . . . . . . . . 14 Therapists publish guide UPitt's Dr. Cooper wins 'Oscar' of gov't service On a mission Nine Numotion employees and a manufacturer representative trav- eled to Guatemala Oct 9-13 to deliver 100 wheelchairs and pro- vide adjustments on an additional 20 chairs. This is the third year that the group, led by Numotion ATP Ryan Martin (pictured in Under Armour shirt), has made the trip, which is coordinated by Bethel Ministries. Buy the B ook NRRTS updates website R E S O U R C E G U i d e s e e N e x T PA G e By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor WASHINGTON – Rory Cooper, PhD, has a long list of credentials and achievements, but what he's looking forward to most about his most recent award is the platform it provides for talking about people with disabilities. On Sept. 27, Cooper received the "Science and Environment Medal" as part of this year's Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, known as the Sammies and the "Oscars" of government service. "Having a disability doesn't mean you can't contribute," said By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor T H E R E ' S A n e w B i b l e on seating and mobil- ity. Therapists and ATPs Michelle Lange and Jean Min- kel published a clinical resource guide on seating and mobility in November through SLACK Books, part of the Healio Net- work, that spans a whopping 440 pages. "There are a number of assis- tive technology books on the m a r k e t , b u t some of them h a v e n 't b e e n updated in awhile and many of them dedicate only one chap- ter to seating and mobility," said Lange, OTR/L ABDA ATP/ SMS, who practices privately in the Denver area. "There hasn't been a text that has gone into this much depth—and there By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor LUBBOCK, Texas – NRRTS has a new mobile-friendly website that's easier to navigate and, well, plain easier on the eyes, says Executive Director Wee- sie Walker. "The old website was not very inviting," she said of "The new website has a much warmer feel." Walker likens NRRTS's old website, which was about 10 years old, to a car with 500,000 miles. It was time to trade it in for a new one, with help from Lafayette, La.-based Wide Web Marketing. Front and center on the new website: a picture of a NRRTS registrant with a young boy in a wheelchair, and the tagline: "Providing the Human Touch." Below the picture is a description of RRTSs and CRTSs as profes- sionals who comply with the NRRTS Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics. "We wanted what that per- son represents right there on the homepage," Walker said. During the process of revamping the website, Walk- er realized just how much information it contained but Enhancements include list of case studies, online renewals really is so much to address." Lange and Minkel are famil- iar names to those practicing seating and mobility. Denver- based Lange helps NRRTS select topics and speakers for its more than 30 webinars each year, as well as edits the clini- cal articles that appear in the group's Directions magazine. She also consults and does education work for Stealth Products and Seating Dynam- ics, two manufacturers in the market. While Lange and Minkel authored three of the book's 25 chapters—which address everything from the assess- ment process to postural support to clinical decision- making—most were authored by other clinicians "who are also passionate about what they do," some from as far away as Iceland, Lange said. "Jean and I started the guide by sitting down at a conference Cooper, University of Pittsburgh professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences asso- ciate dean for inclusion and Human Engineering Research Laboratories founder director. "You just need the right oppor- tunities." Cooper is a manual wheel- chair user himself. He was a young solider in the Army, when he was run over by a bus and suffered a paralytic spinal injury. Cooper was honored for his work designing "innovative wheelchairs and other assistive technologies that have markedly improved the mobility and qual- ity of life for hundreds of thou- sands of veterans and others with disabilities," according to the Partnership for Public Ser- vice, which presents the awards each year. "It's wonderful to learn that your colleagues think that high- ly of you," said Cooper, who was nominated for the award by, among others, Dr. Brad Dici- anno, the medical director of HERL and an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UPitt Medical Center, who was once a student of his. When asked which of his designs stands out the most, Cooper says that would be like "picking his favorite child." But when pushed, he cites a square Ro R y Coope R poses with his award and Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey . P HOTO CREDIT : T IM L AWSON Michelle Lange and Jean Minkel envision the 440-page guide as a resource for thera- pists who are just beginning to specialize in seating and mobility, for those who are working with a new population of people with disabilities, and for those looking for better ways to document and sup- port the need for equipment to payers . Jean Minkel N R R T S w e B s i T e s e e N e x T PA G e R O R y c O O P e R s e e N e x T PA G e

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