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JUL 2018

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Mobility Briefs NRRTS hands out awards WASHINGTON – NRRTS recognized John Zona, ATP/SMS, as the 2018 Simon Margolis Fel- low at the National CRT Leadership and Ad- vocacy Conference in April. Zona, who has been a long-time NRRTS board member and once served as president, was honored for his significant contributions to NRRTS and the complex rehab profession. For their sup- port of NRRTS's mission, the organization also recognized Julie Piriano of Pride Mobility Products for her work promoting the profes- sional RTS through her NRRTS webinars and CEU articles; Lew Shomer, the creator and producer of the Abilities Expo, for his work advocating for people with disabilities; Angie Kiger, also for her work on NRRTS webinars and CEU articles; and Dave McCausland of Permobil for his work in government affairs. Numotion adds financing BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Numotion has part- nered with CareCredit to offer customers a solution for any out-of-pocket expenses. CareCredit, a healthcare credit card that is accepted at more than 200,000 provider and merchant locations, offers promotional financing for transactions greater than or equal to $200 that includes no interest if paid in full within 12 months, or an additional option for reduced APR with equal monthly payments for up to 24 months. "We need to ensure our customers have options when it comes to financing," said Tamas Feitel, CFO at Numotion. "We are excited about our partnership with CareCredit because it offers our customers flexibility in obtaining high impact mobility solutions to meet their needs." Other CareCredit partners include Golden Technologies and Applied Home Healthcare Equipment. United Spinal hosts outdoor enthusiast NEW YORK – The United Spinal Association will host power wheelchair user Ian Mackay at its 7th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 24-27 in Washington, D.C. Mackay, a California na- tive, avid outdoor enthusiast and peer group leader, will attend the event for the first time to speak with legislators on issues that af- fect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders and other pre-existing conditions. In 2016, he rode his wheelchair across the state to ad- vocate for more accessible trails for wheel- chair users and began hosting peer support groups. Last year, he rode more than 4,700 miles in four different states and won the national bike challenge in his area. Mackay now runs a nonprofit called Ian's Ride to raise awareness of accessibility issues in his state. People news Nashville, Tenn.-based National Seating & Mobility has named Jim Noland director of clinical development. He will be responsible for developing clinical and professional re- lationships to support continued growth at the company. Prior to joining NSM, Noland founded Presque Isle Medical Technologies and Conduit Technology. ■ NRRTS recognized Pride Mobility's Julie Piriano for her work on webinars and CEO articles. See brief below. 16 h M e N ew S / j U ly 2018 / www.h M e N ew S .co M CMS shifts mobility codes into national program . . . . . . . 1 RESNA preps for annual conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Q&A: Simon Margolis Fellow John Zona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Mobility movers: NSM, Numotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 RESNA '18 boasts packed agenda 'It's the right thing' Q&A: john zon A 'We find professionalism becomes real thing in the field when universities have accredited programs' mary ellen bunning and roger smith led planning for this year's event, which will take advantage of the Washington, D . C . , loca- tion to include numer- ous federal agencies . Accreditation program heightens profession R E S N A 2 0 1 8 n e x t pa g e By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor ARLINGTON, Va. – With a loca- tion near downtown Wash- ington, D.C., RESNA 2018 will feature keynote presen- tations and participation from a number of federal agencies with interests in the disability community. Groups like the National Institute on Disability, Inde- pendent Living and Rehabilita- tion Research (NIDILRR), the government's primary disability research agency, will also host leadership meetings at the con- ference, July 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, says Mary Ellen Bunning, president-elect of RESNA and a retired occupa- By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor ARLINGTON, Va. – The RESNA Committee on Accreditation, in conjunction with the Commis- sion on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, has accredited the first group of universities with assistive technology programs that meet certain standards. The accreditation process includes an application, a self- study and an onsite review, says Roger Smith, Ph.D., OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow, the president of RESNA and a pro- fessor in the Department of Occupational Science & Tech- Naturally Able t here's a new website for people with disabilities that aims to provide free resources and news to them lead healthier lives. n aturally a ble, published and founded by Lisa Wells, also offers a free magazine vie email subscription signup and an online discussion group. "By offering these resources, n aturally a ble is serving an existing need for more natural, health lifestyle options in the disability community," said Wells, who is also the vice president of marketing at Cure Medical, a manufacturer of intermittent catheters and closed catheter systems. "We received more than 2,000 visitors in our first week of service online with no paid advertising and that speaks to the ongoing desire for more help in this area from our audience." Some of the resources on the website include financial planning for parents and caregivers; a mazon p rime perks; ways to explore the great outdoors on wheels; the risk of sleep apnea for quadriplegics; and low-cost hacks for better home accessibility. n aturally a ble also aims to financially support non-profits within the disability community by donating 10% of all net income received from advertising. nology in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "We find that professional- ism becomes a real thing in the field when there are universi- ties that have accredited train- ing programs," he said. The accreditation, which costs $4,000, focuses on assis- tive technology but is broad enough that it crosses many different areas, and diseases and diagnoses, Smith said. RESNA is now working to spread the word about the accreditation and emphasize its flexibility, says Mary Ellen tional therapist that specialized primarily in wheelchair seating and mobility. T h e c o n f e re n c e , w h o s e theme this year is "Ingenuity AT Work," with AT short for assistive technology, will also feature for the second year in a row a Colin McLaurin Dis- tinguished Lectureship Award and a Developers Showcase. Gregg Vanderheiden, a pro- fessor in the College of Infor- mation Studies at the Uni- versity of Maryland, is this year's distinguished lecturer and someone Bunning calls a "mentor" and a "genius." " H e 's d o n e s o m u c h t o make the world more digitally By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor A UBURN, M ASS . – As the rehab manager for Alli- ance Medical Group, a physician practice that does business with private insurers, the difficulties surrounding Medicare and Medicaid reim- bursement don't really affect John Zona. But he still chooses to be one of the biggest advo- cates for protecting access to complex rehab technology for all patients. Here's what Zona, a past president of NRRTS who was recently named the organi- zation's 2018 Simon Margolis Fellow, had to say about what motivates him to keep up the good fight. hme n ews: Were you surprised to be named the 2018 Simon Margolis Fellow? John Zona: It was a huge sur- prise. As Weesie Walker was talking about some of the other award recipients, I knew who they were, but when she started talking about me, I wondered, who could that be. I'm the kind of person who likes to fly under the radar, so it was a huge surprise. When Julie Piriano received her award she was so emotional she couldn't say any- thing. When I received mine, I found my eyeglasses fogging up. That never happens to me. hme : How'd you get your start in complex rehab? Zona: It was probably 30 years ago now that I had a friend whose sister had cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair. We realized that she was more comfortable in a dining room chair than in her wheelchair. john zona was named this year's Simon Margolis Fellow . A c c R E D I TAT I O N n e x t pa g e j O H N z o n a n e x t pa g e

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