Seating credential: Closer to reality?

Monday, March 31, 2008

WASHINGTON – April could be a big month for developing a specialty credential in wheeled seating and mobility.
RESNA’s professional standards board meets the first weekend in April, and the specialty credential is on the agenda, confirmed Gerry Dickerson, a board member and director of rehab for Medstar Surgical & Breathing in College Point, N.Y.
“We have some pressing issues, like making the process for existing credentials better, but (the specialty credential for seating and mobility) is on there, too,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to do.”
RESNA’s board of directors approved a concept for a specialty credential last year and passed it on to the board for further discussion. The portfolio-based credential would build on the ATP certification.
Additionally, leaders at the American Occupational Therapy Association plan to vote on an ad hoc committee’s recommendation for a specialty credential when it holds its annual conference April 10-13, said Chris Chovan, a committee member. The committee recommended that the AOTA also build on the ATP certification.
“We don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” said Chovan, owner of Rehab Mobility Specialists in Belle Vernon, Pa. HME