Last September, a three-day wheelchair training workshop was introduced to the public. The Seating and Wheeled Mobility Services Training Workshop was held at Saipan on September 7-9. This three-day wheelchair training workshop was conducted by Dr. Laura Cohen from the Rehabilitation Consultants. The wheelchair training features some great lectures along with some client demo, case examples, group discussion and hands-on experience. The primary goal of the workshop is to increase awareness and to promote independence among people with disability issues.
The training workshop has been sponsored by the Disability Network Partners, with some special participation from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy, Northern Marianas College (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and CDD-Assistive Technology Program, and GSAT Center Coordinator.
About the Wheelchair Training Workshop
According to Arlene Yamagata, executive director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the three-day training workshop covered and detailed everything about roles and responsibilities, simulation, measurement, documentation requirements, service delivery models, distinguished technology features, common seating and mobility issues, and the impact of regulatory and legislative activities.
Additionally, the wheelchair training workshop also saw Dr. Laura Cohen, sharing his knowledge and conducting training to those people who were involved in wheelchair delivery services. These include clinicians, suppliers, claim reviewers, and those looking to increase their knowledge of wheelchair provision and specialty evaluations.
Around 30 participants have joined the recent wheelchair training program. The participants came from various public and private organizations. These include the Public School System Special Education Program, Guam System for Assistive Technology, Marianas Health, Maternal & Child Health Bureau, Healthcare Specialties, Eucon Medical Health Services, Pro Therapy, Medquest Medical Supply, CNMI Division of Procurement & Supply, Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy System Inc., Assistive Technology Professional Services, NMC Disability Support Services, Council on Developmental Disabilities, and last, the NMC University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
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