Grant funds new mobility training
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Craig H. Nielsen Foundation has awarded a one-year, $49,000 grant to Barbara Crane and Laura Cohen to develop and deploy a seating and wheeled mobility training curriculum for entry level physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, and for continuing education for practicing clinicians. “There are limited training opportunities for professionals to gain the skills needed to prescribe a wheelchair effectively, particularly at the pre-professional level,” a press release states. “This project aims to address the shortage of knowledgeable clinicians through development and dissemination of pre-professional training materials.” The “plug-and-play” curriculum will be made available for voluntary use by academic PT and PTA programs, decreasing curriculum variability and improving opportunities for PTs and PTAs to graduate with the requisite knowledge. Crane is an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Hartford; Cohen is executive director of the Clinician Task Force.