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Wheelchair Nerds

Welcome to Wheelchairs Nerds – a podcast to connect and inform people who utilize, prescribe, and provide seating and wheeled mobility equipment.

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Listen to the latest episode of Wheelchair Nerds as we explore the exciting world of adaptive costume creation for Halloween and beyond! Tune in as we chat with Matt Lowell, MPT from Shriners Children's' Salt Lake City, and Lon Davis, the visionary founder of Walkin' & Rollin' Costumes.

In this episode of Wheelchair Nerds, we're joined by Bobby Brown, a clinical psychologist and end user, and Kara Kopplin, Director of Regulatory Science for Permobil to discuss how science meets application in wheelchair cushion design. 
Check out this episode of Wheelchair Nerds as we have a fascinating conversation with Ashley Davis, Executive Director of the Permobil Foundation, and Amy Burnett, a member of the board of directors for the Permobil Foundation and a talented athlete representing Team USA in Para Badminton. 
Tune in the episode 15 of Wheelchair Nerds as we catch up with Jim Stephenson and delve into the recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding coverage for seat elevation. Jim provides us with an insightful update on the developments since May 16 and gives us a glimpse into what we can expect for the rest of 2023. 
In this episode, Erin Baker, PT, DPT, ATP, CPST, and Stephanie Frazer, MS, OTR/L, CPST delve into the important topics of selecting and maintaining the right mobility device for school, ensuring safe transportation to and from school, and empowering kids to fully participate in all aspects of school life, from academics to extracurricular activities. 

Join us for episode 13 of Wheelchair Nerds as we delve into the topic of maneuvering through school with a wheelchair. We have the pleasure of being joined by Tiffany and her daughter Sophia, as well as Sophia's physical therapist, Erin Baker from Nemours Children's Hospital in Florida. Together, we will explore Sophia's journey, tracing her path from pre-K all the way to her starting high school this fall.

Discover the last episode in our ongoing wheelchair travel series, featuring the return of Kristy Durso, the owner of Incredible Memories Travel, and Jerod Nieder, the co-founder of Positively Paralyzed. Join us as Kristy and Jerod delve into the various challenges they have encountered while traveling and share their insights on how to navigate these tricky situations and the valuable lessons they have learned along the way.
Tune in to episode 11, where Kristy Durso, the owner of Incredible Memories Travel, and Jerod Nieder, the co-founder of Positively Paralyzed provide invaluable tips on how to ensure a successful wheelchair travel experience, covering everything from smoothly navigating the airport check-in process and boarding the plane, to arranging transportation and making the most of hotel accommodations.

In the first of our series highlighting travel, we dive into all things accessible travel with Kristy Durso, the owner of Incredible Memories Travel. Kristy brings her expertise and passion for travel to this conversation. We talk tips for traveling and highlight some must visit places in the US and abroad and experiences, including Incredible Memories 2024 Getaway.

Check out the latest episode of Wheelchair Nerds as we discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' decision on coverage for seat elevation. There is a lot to unpack on the approved criteria and next steps, and Ali Ingersoll and Jim Stephenson join us to discuss the impact of this decision and consider what's to come. 

Listen as we discuss common myths and misconceptions surrounding standing power wheelchairs from clinical concerns like custom seating to funding questions. We're joined by Jim Stephenson and Ashley Detterbeck for this interesting conversation.

Get some insight on clinical research, as we talk white papers in general and deep dive into the updated Standing White Paper from Permobil. Highlights include new additions to the white paper, survey results from a wide variety of power wheelchair end users, and what motion sensor graphics can tell us about body position before and after the standing sequence. 

Get inspired by Danielle's story! She's a young woman with CP who advocates for herself and her clients. Discover how she fought to get her power wheelchair with standing and see how this technology helps her unwind after a long day as a social worker, giving her the independence she needs to live life to the fullest. 

Check out the very special bonus episode of Wheelchair Nerds featuring some Permobil team members who were at ISS, giving you an exclusive look at what was happening in the Permobil booth. And that's not all - our team members also tease a few new Permobil products that we're excited to share with you.

As we come to the end of our series on ISS, we had the pleasure of conversing with three clinical educators hailing from Permobil Asia-Pacific on their exceptional ISS 2023 experience. In this discussion, they share with us the latest products they're excited about, the speakers and presentations that stood out and much more.

Listen to our latest episode as we discuss ISO standards and testing for wheelchair seating. We also speak about distilling a large amount of data and research on cushions into a format that everyone can understand. 

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In this episode of Wheelchair Nerds, we connect with a few clinicians who will be presenting at this year’s International Seating Symposium. We talk about their presentation topics, share advice on how to create your ISS schedule, and discuss what they are looking forward to seeing at ISS.
Listen to this episode of Wheelchair Nerds as some of the people behind the International Seating Symposium discuss the history of the conference, preview what is happening at this year’s ISS, and give us a glimpse of what’s in store for the future. 
Dive in on our first episode of Wheelchair Nerds as two industry veterans share memories and perspective on what makes the International Seating Symposium the “can’t miss show of the year”.
The information in the podcast is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be medical, billing, or legal advice.