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Course Information - I Want to Do That! Achieving Optimal Independence Through Bluetooth, Infrared with the use of Power Wheelchair Electronics (3hr)

Title:  I Want to Do That! Achieving Optimal Independence Through Bluetooth, Infrared with the use of Power Wheelchair Electronics (3hr)

Course Code:  BT0524f-1

0.3 AOTA CEUs/3 Contact Hours

Target Audience:  Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS), Technicians/Repair Specialists

Course Description:   Complex Rehab power wheelchairs offer some of the most advanced electronics in the complex rehab industry. Maximizing what an individual can do should always be the goals of the team providing the wheelchair to an individual. Bluetooth is a vastly under-utilized technology that most manufacturers have built into their expendable electronics. This course will review what are some of the things that can be done from a wheelchair with Bluetooth, how this smart technology can be accessed and how the individual can benefit from the use of this technology.

Learning Objectives:  

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between who is appropriate for using Bluetooth and who it is too complex to use it.
  2. Apply what skills are needed to access computers and tablets versus smart phone tech.
  3. Describe what programming steps and features are necessary to access different smart phone operating systems.
  4. Discuss what options are available for Bluetooth access to the many different devices this technology works for.
  5. Describe the functions are available and what can be controlled with Infrared technology on power wheelchairs.
  6. List the different options available on power wheelchairs for access to communication devices through a power wheelchairs electronics.

Pre-requisites:  Basic knowledge of programming power wheelchair electronics


Hour 1

  • Why is Bluetooth and Infrared important for our population we serve?
  • Why this technology should be evaluated?
  • What are the skills needed to utilize this technology?
  • What is available to be controlled with Bluetooth? How does it work with interfaces with tablets, computers, and smart phones?
  • How to pair & use the technology.
  • Hands-on programming
  • Using with computers, tablets, smart phones and environmental controls.

Hours 2 and 3

  • Hands-on programming
  • Using computers, tablets, smart phones, communication devices and environmental controls
  • Wrap up and questions

Course Level:   Intermediate

Instructional Methods:  Lecture, Discussion, Demonstration, Hands-on Activity

AOTA Classification Code:  OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

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Disclosure Statement:  This course is for educational purposes and is based on outside peer-reviewed research. No specific product will be promoted or sold.