Securement 102: Securing Difficult Mobility Devices for School Transportation
Who Should Take This Course?
Safety Trainers, Transportation Supervisors, Head Drivers
IDEA was passed in 1975 making schools national leaders in providing equal services for the disabled community. However, today, over 40 years after its passage, school transportation providers are still consistently struggling to safely transport some students with disabilities and to secure the most difficult mobility devices. While wheelchair securement equipment has improved dramatically during this timeframe, there are still thousands of wheelchairs on the market which aren’t designed to be transported. This course will review basic mobility device securement principles and discuss trouble shooting practices for situations where achieving those principles is difficult or even impossible. Finally, we will review some significant advancements in securement equipment, wheelchairs, and regulation that have the long term potential to alleviate these securement difficulties.
The following topics are covered:
- Review of Basic Securement Principles that determine the securement of a wheelchair.
- What makes a Wheelchair difficult to secure?
- Determining if I should transport.
- Problem solving securement on difficult wheelchairs
- Securing scooters
- Examples of difficult wheelchairs secured
- How to approach use of the occupant restraint.
- Changes to best practice school transportation regulations that can greatly alleviate the problem of transporting difficult to secure wheelchairs.
After completing Securement 102, students will be able to:
- Understand the liability inherent in transporting passengers with mobility devices that are difficult to secure.
- Understand the 3 essential principles that need to be met in order to properly secure a wheelchair.
- Determine if a particular mobility device should or should not be transported based on federal description of a wheelchair.
- Problem solve on how to best apply the basic securement principles to a variety of difficult to secure wheelchairs
- Know the policy recommendations and procedures for securing three and four wheel scooters.
- Explain how new regulations, advances in securement equipment, and transportation provider policies can reduce the liability inherent in transporting difficult to securement wheelchairs.
Time to Complete
Approximately 60 minutes.
Securement 101 or an extensive background in wheelchair securement is strongly recommended.
Recommended Supplemental Materials
- Pass test with a score of 75% or better
- Students receive a certificate of completion (no expiration date)
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