This summer, Jayne Chilutti, OTR/L, Program Director at Deer Meadows Retirement Community in Philadelphia, Pa., will be headed to the London Paralympics as one of five International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)International Level Classifiers for wheelchair basketball. “I’ve been involved with wheelchair basketball since the mid ‘80's on a local, regional and national level,” says Chilutti. “In 2007, I became an international official, and in 2010, I was selected for the World Championships. Being selected for the London Paralympics is such an honor, and I’m so very excited!”

As IWBF International Level Classifiers, Chilutti and the others will be responsible for making sure that players of like abilities are playing in their proper classification. “For wheelchair basketball, players are evaluated during competitive play,” she says. “We’re there to make sure that new players are seen and classified and that the current classifications of known players are accurate. The object is to evaluate the players’ abilities during play so that we can make sure there’s some balance on the court. This way, the outcome of the game is based on athleticism and not disability.”

 Chilutti's London Paralympic Credentials will be used for access to the Paralympic Village. Chilutti's London Paralympic Credentials will be used for access to the Paralympic Village.

In addition to being selected for the Paralympics, Chilutti recently became a Classification Instructor. “In January, I went to Stoke Mandeville, England, with 10 others from around the world,” Chilutti says. “We completed all the new training materials and examinations and are certified as International Instructors. We’re the only 10 people in the world who can certify a classifier at any level internationally.”

Chilutti’s supervisor, James Pye, PT, Director of Operations, RehabCare, says that Chilutti is a terrific therapist and a terrific employee. “It’s fantastic to see her being recognized for her contributions to the field,” he says. “She’s doing a great job of supporting the community at large by focusing on what people can do instead of what they can’t do.”

Chilutti's London Paralympic Credentials will be used for access to the Paralympic Village.