The Canadian Foundation of Occupational Therapy Master’s Scholarship will help advance the research towards the implementation of the Wheelchair Skills Program in occupational therapy practices. Despite the supporting evidence and the availability of the Wheelchair Skills Program since 1996, its uptake by occupational therapists in rehabilitation centres is sub-optimal. In pediatric rehabilitation, wheelchair skills training is not routinely offered to children and adolescents using this mobility device. Results of this study will enable the development of a pediatric-specific Wheelchair Skills Program knowledge translation intervention to guide the change in practice process and improve occupational therapy interventions. The ultimate goal by training safe, independent and efficient wheelchair skills is to, most importantly, improve the social participation of wheelchair users.

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