The 33rd International Seating Symposium (ISS) was held in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort February 28 through March 4, 2017. This is the largest complex rehab tradeshow in North America.
The show features over 100 educational sessions for clinicians and Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) to earn continuing education credits.
Five Invacare employees were presenters at this year’s show:
Lisa Rotelli – Powered Mobility Training for First Time Users; Integration of Powered Mobility, AAC, & Computers
Lee Ann Hoffman – Postural Care: Supporting People Night and Day
Kathryn Fisher – Choosing the Right Sling and Lift for the Right Wheelchair; Keep Calm and Eval On!
Rhona Moot – How Do We Learn the Skills to Become Seating Therapists?
Stephanie Tanguay – The Past, Present and Future of Tilt & Recline; How Do We Learn the Skills to Become Seating Therapists?
ISS also features a three day exhibition where over 100 companies in the complex rehab technology space had booths showcasing their products or services. Invacare was a platinum sponsor of the event and showcased a sleek, modern booth.
“Invacare’s presence at ISS was captivating,” Julie Jackson, Director of Rehab Channel Marketing said. “The attendees were drawn into the booth by the clean, new look and the booth as a whole was busy consistently throughout the show,” Julie said. “The attendees were very excited with the products and technologies they were able to experience and drive.”
The newly designed booth incorporated all Invacare rehab businesses including Motion Concepts, Alber, Freedom Designs, ASL, Top End, küschall, Matrx and PinDot.
ISS was the official unveiling of the LiNX platform on the Invacare TDX SP2 Power Wheelchair which is set to launch later this year. Attendees were very interested to learn more about this new electronic platform and loved the color touchscreen, remote wireless programming and diagnostic capabilities. Many therapists complimented the great new colors available on the TDX SP2 base, the overall aesthetic, and the quietness and design of the new DuraWatt motors on the base.
“I think it’s very clean, the graphics are very cool,” said Michelle Lange, OT when asked about the LiNX technology. “The graphics help show the person what’s going on that moment and gives more information than the previous display by a long shot. Aesthetically it looks really great,” she said.
Rainer Küschall, founder of Küschall AG, was a special guest in the Invacare booth at the show. He was there to talk to Küschall fans about his story and his innovative and clean wheelchair line which was just recently launched in the U.S. You can learn more about Küschall by going to the website www.kuschallusa.com.