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March is Wheelchair Securement and Safety Month

 

The Transportation Association of Maryland designates March as Wheelchair Safety and Securement Awareness Month. According to the United States Census, the percentage of individuals with disabilities that use public transportation is 6% and 3.3 million individuals over the age of 15 use mobility devices such as wheelchairs.

 

By bringing awareness to this issue, TAM hopes that all those who participate in the transportation of individuals with disabilities will take a moment during the month of March and review their processes and procedures for conducting these types of activities.

 

 

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY FULL

 

TAM is proud to host Advanced Mobility Device Securement training on March 5 & 6. This training opportunity is offered free to ALL TAM members, but registration space is limited to 30 participants.

 

Course Title:                      Advanced Mobility Device Securement

Course Schedule:              March 5-6, 2019

Course Time:                     8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Instructors:                        Peter Albrecht (Lead)

                                         Russ Parish 

Number of Participants:  30 (maximum one registrant per member organization)

Location: Hilton Garden BWI at 1516 Aero Dr, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Who should attend: Transit professionals responsible for supervising or training bus operators

Transit agencies have the responsibility to provide safe transportation and respect the civil rights of all passengers, including those who use mobility devices. In order to fulfill this responsibility, bus operators secure mobility devices and place seat belts on the passengers who use mobility devices as transit seating. This important task is becoming increasingly challenging as operators are confronted with a variety of powered mobility devices that often lack traditional securement points and may not have been addressed in basic securement training. This workshop gives transit professionals responsible for preparing operators an opportunity to address these securement challenges, explore related issues with peers, and enhance their knowledge and skills.

The goal of Advanced Mobility Device Securement Skills Development Workshop is to present, demonstrate, and practice problem-solving skills for securing powered mobility devices. After successfully completing this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss federal requirements regarding securement and seat belt use
  • List pre-trip preparation tasks
  • Identify mobility device securement equipment
  • Determine effective strap securement locations on mobility devices
  • Explain the use and placement of seat belts and shoulder belts
  • Recognize how proper body mechanics and exercise can reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries

To accomplish these objectives, the workshop integrates lecture, visual aids, participant discussion and learning activities.

Hotel Information:

Thanks to RTAP sponsorship, TAM has secured a block of rooms for the night of March 5th at the Hilton BWI hotel that are available free of charge to registrants. Hotel registration information, including booking link, will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

TAM will provide a continental breakfast on March 5th, a buffet breakfast on March 6th, and a buffet lunch on both days.

How to register:

Registration is currently full.

Schedule:

March 5 March 6
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM - Continental Breakfast and Check-in 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - 12 PM - Training 8:30 AM - 12 PM - Training
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch 12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch
1 PM - 4:30 PM: Training 1 PM - 4:30 PM: Training

 

Wheelchair Safety Posters

Below are templates for wheelchair securement posters, flyers, magnets, and wallet cards. Please feel free to download, print, and display them in your offices or vehicles.