Education


Continuing Education

Wheelchair Getaways is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education.  We offer home study courses for Occupational Therapists (.15 CEUs) and for Case Managers (.2 CEUs). Call 800 536-5518 to order C.E. courses or fax a request to 425 771-3946.  We recommend beginning with Level I which is an introductory level. Specify course desired.
 
Level I:  Wheelchair Accessible Transportation for Case Managers  (CD)
              Wheelchair Accessible Transportation for Occupational Therapists (CD)
 
Level II: Wheelchair Users' Needs Awareness for Case Managers  (Workbook)
              Wheelchair Users' Needs Awareness for Occupational Therapists (Workbook)
 
 


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Case Managers

Wheelchair Getaways is now pleased to offer approved continuing education credits to certified case managers.  Our take-home continuing education program, "Wheelchair Accessible Transportation", is worth 2 approved hours.  Upon completing this program, case managers should have an increased knowledge of the challenges facing disabled drivers, the evaluation of patients' needs, adaptive equipment, resources relating to accessible transportation, accessible transportation options, and alternative payment sources for transportation.

If you have any questions about the program, or verification on the completion of your program, please feel free to contact the corporate office toll free at 1-800-536-5518.


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OT / OTA


Wheelchair Getaways works closely with The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in the development of continuing education courses for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants.
Wheelchair Getaways offers an introductory level home study course for Occupational Therapists: Wheelchair Accessible Transportation (for .15 CEUs).  The course provides information on evaluating patients? transportation needs, types of adaptive equipment, and payment sources for vehicle modification and/or alternative transportation services.

 

The same course is available as a live presentation. Live presentations are typically scheduled 2 months in advance by calling the Director of Continuing Education at 800 536 5518.  Cancellation of live presentations must be made at least 5 days in advance.


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Newsletters

 
Wheelchair Getaways informative Newsletters are archived from July 2000 through July 2005. These newsletters contain valuable information about the company, local franchises, conferences and trade shows, and mobility in general.
 
Quarterly Newsletter --- July, 2000
Quarterly Newsletter --- October, 2000
Quarterly Newsletter --- January, 2001
Quarterly Newsletter --- April, 2001
Quarterly Newsletter --- July, 2001
Quarterly Newsletter --- October, 2001
Quarterly Newsletter --- January, 2002
Quarterly Newsletter --- April, 2002
Quarterly Newsletter --- July, 2002
Quarterly Newsletter --- October, 2002
Quarterly Newsletter --- January, 2003
Quarterly Newsletter --- April, 2003
Quarterly Newsletter --- July, 2003
Quarterly Newsletter --- October, 2003
Quarterly Newsletter --- January, 2004
Quarterly Newsletter --- April, 2004
Quarterly Newsletter --- July, 2004
Quarterly Newsletter --- October, 2004
Quarterly Newsletter --- January, 2005
Quarterly Newsletter --- April, 2005

Quarterly Newsletter --- July, 2005


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Open a Franchise

 

Become A Franchise

Wheelchair Getaways is owned and operated by Jennifer and Dale Richardson. Jennifer and Dale have sterling credentials and are both highly qualified to head a national franchise corporation. Jennifer holds a BA in Computer Science and Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Dale has a BS degree in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Indiana State University.

For more information about becoming a Wheelchair Getaways franchise associate, please contact us by phone at (800) 536-5518 or by e-mail at info@wheelchairgetaways.com
  


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Payment Sources

 
Payment sources for vehicle modification and alternative transportation services include, but are not limited to, health insurance, automobile insurance, workers' compensation, vocational rehabilitation and philanthropic organizations.
  1. Vocational Rehabilitation:  Patients who do not qualify for workers' compensation may qualify for vocational rehabilitation services.  If a person is to return to work, Vocational Rehabilitation may pay for vehicle modification and interim transportation services.
  2. Worker's Compensation:  Patients who are injured or suffer illness in connection with their employment may draw workers' compensation benefits.  The costs of vehicle modification and accessible van rental in the interim may be covered under workers' compensation.
  3. Insurance:  Vehicle insurance is a payment source for patients recovering from injuries due to automobile accidents or in cases where a disabled driver's vehicle is being repaired after an accident. Auto insurance companies cover the cost of accessible van rentals until repairs to the client's vehicle can be completed or until a replacement vehicle is found.  To read an article published in Paraplegia News about this subject, go to www.pn-magazine.com
  4. Philanthropic Organizations are another source of financial assistance.  Many non-profit organizations that advocate for people with disabilities have waiver programs or grants that will pay for adaptive equipment.
  5. Manufacturer Rebates:  Major auto manufacturers also offer rebates of up to $1000. toward adaptive equipment on new vehicles.  When purchasing a new vehicle the customer should request a rebate application from the dealership.
 
 


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Vocational Rehab

 
The person in a wheelchair because of disease or injury needs a support system throughout recovery, rehabilitation, and adjustment to daily life. Vocational Rehabilitation specialists are key persons in this support system and advocate for wheelchair accessibility. The strength of the wheelchair user's support system depends largely on their efforts.

 

Vocational Rehab is a potential source of payment for accessible transportation. Patients who do not qualify for workers' compensation may qualify for vocational rehabilitation services.  If a person is to return to work, Vocational Rehabilitation may pay for vehicle modification and interim transportation services.


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Worker's Comp

 
Wheelchair patients who are injured or suffer illness in connection with their employment may draw workers' compensation benefits.  The cost of vehicle modification and interim accessible van rental may be covered under Workers' Compensation. For more information contact your state's department of Workers' Compensation or visit http://www.dol.gov/esa
 
 


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Insurance

 
Wheelchair Getaways requires those who drive our vehicles to be at least 23 years of age and to be covered by automobile insurance.
 
Wheelchair Getaways does not sell insurance. The driver's auto insurance is the primary insurance coverage. If the vehicle is in an accident, the renter is primarily responsible for liability and repair. Wheelchair Getaway's insurance policy generally provides secondary coverage. You may want to purchase short-term supplemental insurance for you trip. For information, contact these travel insurance agencies:
 
 
 


 

Need a Driver?
Wheelchair Getaways' insurance policy does not permit us to provide a driver, but most rental locations have a list of independent drivers available in their rental area.
 


Health insurance is one funding source for vehicle modification or alternative transportation services.  One of the disadvantages is the amount of paperwork necessary for up-front payment or reimbursement.  Driver rehabilitation, within the scope of occupational therapy services, may mean that the claim is less likely to be excluded.  Unfortunately, not all patients have medical coverage.  In 2003 an estimated 43 million Americans were without medical insurance.

 

Vehicle insurance is another payment source for patients recovering from injuries due to automobile accidents or in cases where a disabled driver?s vehicle is being repaired after an accident.  Auto insurance companies cover the cost of accessible van rentals until repairs to the client?s vehicle can be completed or until a replacement vehicle is found.


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Informational Video

 
Wheelchair Getaways maintains a fleet of accessible vehicles to meet every need. To view some of the available features and to learn more about the benefits of renting, click here.


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