Seating & Positioning Clinics
DIDD operates three seating and positioning clinics in Tennessee, located in Arlington, Nashville, and Greeneville. Mobile on-site services are available in east and west Tennessee. Physical and occupational therapists with specialized expertise in evaluating complex seating and positioning needs provide comprehensive evaluations and support to prioritize needs. Each clinic has an associated manufacturing shop where staff with extensive experience in the areas of construction, carpentry, upholstering, and electronics, fabricate equipment to meet individualized needs. For more information and to learn about the benefits of seating and positioning, download our brochure.
Jessica's StoryFor people with intellectual disabilities who also are at risk for or have significant physical disabilities, customized wheelchair seating is often necessary. This may include custom components such as headrests, laptrays, footrests or power controls as well as custom molded seats and backs that fully support and accommodate a person’s body.
Ty's StoryFor people with intellectual disabilities who also are at risk for or have significant physical disabilities, customized wheelchair seating is often necessary. This may include custom components such as headrests, laptrays, footrests or power controls as well as custom molded seats and backs that fully support and accommodate a person’s body.
Michael's StoryFor years Michael relied on others to move from one place to another and wasn't sure if he would ever be independently mobile. If he wanted to check the mail, join his roommates at the dinner table, or to move a few feet to the living room to watch TV, he had to ask for help from his direct support professional. Now, after training and planning at the DIDD middle Tennessee seating and positioning clinic, Michael is using his new power chair to move wherever he wants, whenever he wants to. Hear from him and DIDD employees in this video to get a look at his journey to mobility independence.
Daren's StoryDarren has been receiving services from DIDD's West Seating and Positioning Clinic for years to improve his comfort, safety, and health in customized wheelchair and seating systems day and night. They've seen a lot of progress since he first came to the clinic but this recent moment is one their family won't soon forget!
- Evaluation and simulation of seating and alternate positioning needs
- Modifications to current systems
- Custom manufacturing of molded seating systems
- Design and manufacturing of alternate positioning equipment
- Customization of commercial adaptive equipment
- Power wheelchair assessment, trial and training
- Integration of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems with seating and positioning
- Continuing education and training
The following forms are required for new referrals to any of the Seating and Positioning Clinics. Please contact the clinic with any questions. Thank you!
Referrals for an evaluation:
Referrals for a repair of equipment fabricated by the Seating and Positioning Clinic:
When a wheelchair needs repairs (frame, headrest, brakes, wheels, etc.), a durable medical equipment (DME) vendor needs to be contacted, since the DME vendor can bill an individual’s insurance for the parts and labor (DIDD cannot bill for parts and labor). For the most part, any DME in the network for the individual’s insurance can be contacted for repairs. If problems are encountered that are difficult to resolve, individuals can contact the clinic for guidance.
When a piece of equipment is delivered through our clinic, we issue a competency form that explains how to help a person into the equipment, how to clean it and who to contact for repairs. Please review this form and maintain it for reference.
When components of the wheelchair or alternative positioning equipment manufactured by DIDD are in need of repair, the following form should be completed and sent to the clinic.
Who is eligible?
The Seating and Positioning Clinics specialize in serving Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and others who have complex seating and/or positioning needs.
We take the following insurances:
Medicare, Part B
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee: BlueCare, TennSelect, and CoverKids
United Health Care/Optum
TriCare, Standard only
Please contact your nearest clinic if you have questions about specific insurance plan coverage.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00a to 4:30p (local time).
Please note that we observe all state holidays.