Category: Manual wheelchair blogs

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Are We Reactive Or Proactive in Our Approach to AT?

This is something that I recently thought about when teaching a course on power assist. This topic does not just relate to power assist but to all Assistive Technology (AT). First, let’s define what I mean when I say proactive versus reactive. The dictionary defines proactive as “taking action by causing change and not only…

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What Matters When Scripting a Manual Wheelchair?

Scripting ultra-lightweight manual chairs can be a challenge – what frame material do you choose? What frame design? And then there are all the measurements that you need to get… When first learning to script manual wheelchairs, it can be hard to know what to focus on, however a recently published article by Lin and…

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Funding Reports and the Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM)

Our last three webinars for 2020 are looking at funding and how to write successful funding reports. Writing reports is a skill that some of us struggle more with than others, where understanding what information is vital to the funding report can be a challenge. In today’s blog we take a look at the Wheelchair Outcome…

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Mobility is a Human Right. Why we can’t ignore this topic anymore.

Did you ever attend a course, read an article, or hear a topic and think to yourself, “Yes, this is important. I need to remember this.”? But within a couple weeks this new topic or idea has left your mind. It happens to all of us. We get motivated by hearing someone’s passion, but how…

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Wheeled Mobility Devices Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles – what do we need to know?

Last week we looked at ISO standards – the history behind these and how they apply to wheelchairs.  This week we are looking at one particular standard – ISO 7176-19:2008 – Wheeled mobility devices used as seats in motor vehicles.  This standard is similar to the ANSI/RESNA WC19 standard, the recommended standard in North America, often…

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Weight or Configuration: Which one is more important for a manual wheelchair?

When discussing manual wheelchairs, we often focus on the idea of having the lightest weight wheelchair possible. Yes, weight can be an important factor when we think about propelling a manual wheelchair all day. We also have to consider where the weight in the system is coming from. I said system here because it is…

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Why Everyone Should Be Talking About the Shoulder

If you are a physio or occupational therapist working with an individual who is utilising a manual or power wheelchair, you should have a better understanding of the shoulder than a sports physio. Yes, that’s right you read that sentence correctly. Our client needs us to better understand the shoulder than a sports physio. Why?…

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International Wheelchair Day and Accessibility

This week’s blog celebrates International Wheelchair Day and looks into the fundamental concept of accessibility and inclusion. March 1st 2008 was the first International Wheelchair Day, founded by Steve Wilkinson and has been celebrated on this date every year since. The day has recently gained more traction and provides an opportunity for wheelchair users, their…

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