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Power Wheelchair Drive Controls, Part 3: Proportional

Power Wheelchair Drive Controls, Part 3: Proportional

In our previous two blog posts we reviewed the primary differences between proportional & non-proportional drive controls and took a deep dive into non-proportional drive controls. As we wrap up this series, our focus will be on the application of proportional drive controls and examples of several types available today.

2019-08-31

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Power Wheelchair Drive Controls, Part 2: Non-Proportional

Power Wheelchair Drive Controls, Part 2: Non-Proportional

Even though proportional drive controls are by far considered to be the most common type of drive controls used to drive power wheelchairs, I believe it is important that we look at non-proportional controls first. Why? Because non-proportional drive controls offer the most basic and simplistic option for activation in terms of motor function, cognition, and overall experience.

2019-07-31

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Power Wheelchair Drive Controls, Part 1: Proportional vs. Non-Proportional

Power Wheelchair Drive Controls, Part 1: Proportional vs. Non-Proportional

Early on in my professional career, it dawned on me how similar learning to drive both an automatic and a manual transmission car was with the process of selecting the proper power mobility device, including the drive controls. In this series of posts, we are going to explore various technologies available in power wheelchair drive controls. In addition, we will take a look at examples of drive controls and review potential applications of each.

2019-06-28

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Tips for Selecting Prefabricated Wheelchair Backs

Tips for Selecting Prefabricated Wheelchair Backs

There is a plethora of prefabricated (off-the-shelf) wheelchair back supports on the market today. As a clinician, recommending the correct type of back support is only half the battle. Together with your equipment specialist (e.g. RTS, ATP, and/or manufacturer representative) you also need to make sure it is sized and set up appropriately to meet your client's needs.

2019-05-30

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Tips for Selecting Prefabricated Wheelchair Backs

Tips for Selecting Prefabricated Wheelchair Backs

There is a plethora of prefabricated (off-the-shelf) wheelchair back supports on the market today. As a clinician, recommending the correct type of back support is only half the battle. Together with your equipment specialist (e.g. RTS, ATP, and/or manufacturer representative) you also need to make sure it is sized and set up appropriately to meet your client's needs.

2019-05-30

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