Occupational therapy students try out wheelchairs

Each year, master’s students in the occupational therapy program at UWM have the opportunity to learn about, and also ride, wheelchairs through a lab in the Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology course at UWM. Also known as “Mobility Technology Day,” the lab allows students to experience the kinds of technology they may be prescribing during their practice.

With wheelchairs provided by Home Care Medical, a Wisconsin-based home care product and service supplier, as well as positioning accessories and seating from the Adaptive Engineering Lab in Milwaukee, students tried out the technologies that they’ve learned about in the classroom.

As a part of the lab, students also went to Home Care Medical’s facilities to test drive the motorized wheelchairs and higher-tech components to further familiarize themselves with assistive technology.