Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in by Johan Borg, Chapal Khasnabis, Editors

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Assessing the benefits of assistive technologies for activities and participation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 2005, 50:132–141. McNeal A, Cooper RA, Pearlman J. Critical factors for wheelchair technology transfers to developing countries – materials and design constraints. In: Proceedings of the 28th Annual RESNA Conference [CD-ROM]. Atlanta, GA, RESNA, 2005:25–27 2 9:H>DC … to increase the quality and range of wheelchairs. This chapter: t outlines methods for designing or selecting a wheelchair; t describes different types of wheelchair production and supply; t sets out the advantages and disadvantages of different wheelchair designs; and t suggests how to describe and evaluate wheelchairs in terms of functional performance; seating and postural support; and strength, durability and safety.

1. Different methods of wheelchair production and supply National production Small-scale Large-scale Imported Used wheelchairs Large-scale production Production of small numbers of wheelchairs using locally available materials and low technology production methods to supply local wheelchair services. Production of large numbers of wheelchairs to supply wheelchair services nationally, regionally or locally. Collection of used wheelchairs from high-income countries, refurbished and supplied to less-resourced settings.

Both forwards and backwards, the user is able to use fewer strokes to turn in confined spaces. With more of the user’s weight directly over the rear turning wheel, the wheelchair is more responsive to turning. 7 for related effects. If the wheelchair has easily removable footrests Increased ability to pull up close to surfaces and objects. Q Removable parts can be lost or broken. Manoeuvrability over obstacles determines the user’s ability to negotiate obstacles such as soft ground or raised obstacles.

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