Understanding the Role of an ATP
Updated: Sep 6
Individuals with certain conditions that restrict their mobility often require a complex power wheelchair to provide them with the best possible solutions to optimize their mobility. Rehab Medical is able to provide these individuals with a custom built complex/rehab power wheelchair through the help of Assistive Technology Professionals, also commonly known as ATPs.
Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP) analyze the needs of consumers with disabilities, assist in selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and provide training in the use of the selected device(s). ATP’s are employed by DME providers such as Rehab Medical, as well as hospitals, school districts, government agencies, etc.
Why an ATP?
Current requirements stipulate that a patient must have “a specialty evaluation that was performed by a licensed/certified medical professional, such as a physical therapist or occupational therapist, or physician who has specific training and experience in rehabilitation wheelchair evaluations and that document the necessity for the wheelchair and its special features.”
The wheelchair must be provided by a supplier that employs a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Supplier (ATS) or Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) who specializes in wheelchairs and who has direct, in-person involvement in the wheelchair selection for the patient.
Qualifications for a Complex Rehab Power Wheelchair
Here are some common conditions that often require a complex rehab wheelchair:
ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease
CVA – Stroke/Hemi Paresis
Post Polio and Polio
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Traumatic Brain Injury