Choosing a Wheelchair
This course explains the process in selecting an appropriate wheelchair, from the perspective of people who use wheelchairs for daily mobility. You will hear stories about what it means to have the right equipment, including in some cases lessons learned the hard way.
We will explain the roles and responsibilities of people who are going to be involved in the process: health care providers, vendors, and you and your family.
We will describe the process of choosing a wheelchair, and review key parts and functions of manual and power wheelchairs.
And we will share some key resources and tips to consider as you go through the process. Because whether it’s your first time choosing a wheelchair or your fifth, it’s always better to be prepared.
This course was designed with the help of an experienced physiotherapist. Marlene Holder is an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizer in Ontario and completes private assessments to prescribe seating and mobility equipment for children and adults. You will hear more from her in the section on how the assessment process works.
People with spinal cord injuries helped design this module too. Leandre, Lubna, Nancy and Paul shared stories of choosing a wheelchair. They know what it’s like to choose a wheelchair that will be used daily for many years, that may even with time feel like an extension of who you are.
This course is about determining your needs and preferences to help you prepare for your meeting. Our goal is to make it easier for you to participate in the process, make a choice that’s right for you, and then get on with what really matters: living your life.
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Cortree is your direct line to disability education. Curated by industry experts, our courses offer up-to-date information on topics that boost your confidence, competence and community.
Cortree is a social venture owned by the charity Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. We’ve developed Cortree with the help of our vibrant community members, people who get it, who know life with a disability inside out and are excited to share what they know with you. We’ve also worked with industry experts, health care pros, researchers, counsellors, disability specialists – professionals whose experience and expertise are built into every course you take.
We reached out to our community to find out exactly what topics are most important for people with disabilities and families. The answers? Choosing a Wheelchair. Pain Management. Sexual Health. Nutrition & Kitchen Accessibility. Vehicle Modification. These topics represent some of the many dynamic, interactive Cortree courses you’ll find to help improve or enhance your health and well-being. Look for more topics in the coming months to help you make your home accessible, stay healthy, get back to work, and live the life you choose.
Cortree is grounded in the spirit of Peer Support and Independent Living. At Spinal Cord Injury Ontario we’re committed to making life more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities. Want to help improve accessibility in Ontario? Just say “Yes! Sign me up!” and you can help Spinal Cord Injury Ontario serve, support and advocate for and with people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.
Course Material included in this course
Choosing a Wheelchair