Division of Rehabilitation Engineering
Over the years, the Division has become a
recognized leader in the provision of advanced seating systems for
individuals with severe disabilities. The Division specializes in the
design and fitting of custom contoured seating systems to decrease the
risk of pressure ulcers, decrease the risk of musculoskeletal
deformities, or increase sitting stability for functional pursuits. As
an example, the Division uses proprietary CAD-CAM technology to create
custom carved cushions. These have seat and back cushions carved
specifically for the patient. The patient is usually more comfortable
in the custom carved cushions.
While the custom carved cushions successfully support the seated postures of children, they excel in providing pressure relief for individuals at high risk of developing pressure ulcers. Simply stated, the custom carved cushions provided by the Division offer unparalleled pressure relief. This is crucial for individuals who have a history of chronic, recurrent pressure ulcers and associated surgical repairs. Working with the rehabilitation and wound-care specialists of the University of Virginia Health System, the Division is able to offer services that cannot be found elsewhere.
Specialized seating services are not the only services offered by the Division of Rehabilitation Engineering. The Division also provides rehabilitation engineering services to public school systems to enhance the educational opportunities for children with disabilities, offers vocational and ergonomic evaluations to enhance the employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and supports the rehabilitation team in the design of custom assistive devices to meet the daily living needs of individuals with disabilities.
The Division of Rehabilitation Engineering is staffed by Licensed Professional Engineers holding advanced degrees in biomedical engineering. As such, it is the only rehabilitation engineering service program in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of only a few select service programs nationwide, with that distinction. In addition, the engineers have extensive experience in service delivery, education, and research related to assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. When it comes to the design of assistive devices for individuals with disabilities, these are the credentials needed for safe and effective design.
For more information about the Division of Rehabilitation
Engineering, or the services it provides, contact: Jonathon Z.
Schuch, M.Eng., P.E. 434-982-3845