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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.

As part of our upcoming Wheelchair Securement month, TAM is proud to partner with Shore Transit to offer a one-day workshop in advanced mobility device securement at the Shore Transit training facility, located at 31901 Tri-County Way in Salisbury, MD 21804.

This training will take place on Wednesday, March 23 from 9:30 AM – 4 PM. Registration is free for TAM members, but is limited to one person per member organization attending. This is intended as a ‘train-the-trainer’ course, where your attendee will return and instruct others in proper technique. There is a limit of 25 total registrants for this workshop. TAM will provide lunch during this session.

The goal of Advanced Mobility Device Securement Workshop is to present, demonstrate, and practice problem-solving skills for securing powered mobility devices. After successfully completing this 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

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.