Skills on Wheels

Program overview

Skills on Wheels is an evidence-based training program delivered by trained occupational therapists (OTs) from Riley Hospital for Children to help kids maneuver various life situations in their wheelchairs.

Staff & Trainers

  • IU Health physicians and therapists
  • IUPUI faculty and students
  • Community volunteers


  • Children ages 8-17
  • Manual wheelchair users
  • Greater Indianapolis area residents
A trainer assists a Skills on Wheels participant in maneuvering her wheelchair over an obstacle.


Beginning in 2017, IU Department of Pediatrics and Riley Hospital for Children joined a collaboration with the Crann Centre in Co. Cork, Ireland ( The partnership focuses on finding ways to create synergy between our community-based and academic perspectives for improving lives and care for persons with neuro-physical disabilities. Out of our shared work, Crann introduced our team at IU/IUPUI to the concept of wheelchair skill training for children. Generous philanthropy from the Lilly Family to the Riley Children's Foundation has supported both the creation of the collaboration and the launching of the IUPUI Skills on Wheels program. We are grateful to all involved for their support and funding:

Craig H Nielsen Foundation

Numotion Foundation

Permobil Foundation

National Seating and Mobility

Honda USA Foundation