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information about wheelchairs? Check these sites.
Fact Sheets and Informed Consumer Guides
- This excellent
(though somewhat dated) series of publications provides guidance
on selecting wheelchairs.
- Geared for clinicians,
this nicely designed web site offers a formalized process for assessing clients'
mobility needs, selecting appropriate wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories,
and justifying recommendations for insurance purposes. There are also articles,
message boards, chat rooms, and other interactive features. Users should exercise
caution, though: manufacturers and suppliers pay to have their products listed.
- Rehabilitation Research Engineering Center
on Wheeled Mobility at the University of Pittsburgh
- Provides information about
the research and publications of this federally funded program. Links to a
separate home on Wheelchair
- Wheelchair Selection:
An ALS Patient Guide
- An overview by a physical
and occupational therapist.
- A must visit for wheelers,
Mark E. Smith's web site is filled with upfront wheelchair reviews, practical
articles with titles like "Pushing the Money Trail -- A WheelchairJunkie's
Guide to Wheelchair Pricing" and "Evel, Sleaze, Dope, and Wheelchair
Advertisements," columns, a message board, and much more. While the opinions
are obviously personal, there is no advertising or other obvious conflict
- WheelchairNet is "a
[virtual] community for people who have have a common interest in (or in some
cases a passion for) wheelchair technology and its improvement and successful
application." The "Community Living Resources" section is packed
with information and links to resources for living, managing, and enjoying
every day life when using a wheelchair. A very extensive list of product manufacturers
is included. Other sections include "Wheelchair University," "Products
and Services," "Discussion Area," and "Town Hall."
Navigation is a bit confusing; we suggest using the site map.
- Assistive Technology
- Low Tech Devices
- Resources in your state
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