How can we best select wheelchairs for a survey of use patterns and evaluation of products?

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10/29/2015 | Matthew McCambridge

In 2016, CITE will evaluate a diverse group of wheelchairs intended for use by adults in the developing world which have been distributed by organizations skilled in service delivery. CITE has worked closely with the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and a USAID-funded project called CLASP (Coordinating Logistics of Assistive Technology Provision) to draft the following list of wheelchairs for the evaluation:

  • Motivation Standard Folding
  • Motivation Active Folding
  • Motivation Rough Terrain
  • Whirlwind Rough Rider
  • Motivation Romania Active Urban
  • UCP Expression 
  • Drive Blue Streak
  • CE Mobility Cruiser
  • INTCO Standard
  • GRIT Leveraged Freedom Chair
  • Free Wheelchair Mission Gen 2
  • Free Wheelchair Mission Gen 3

As the study has not yet begun we are eager for comments and questions about our product selection. What are we missing? What might we cut to accommodate something more critical? Tell us what you think!

The list of twelve products deliberately includes both a range of product types (for example, chairs optimized for use on smooth urban terrain vs. rough urban/rural terrain) as well as seeking to include more than one example of each type.  The list includes chairs which have been selected for their current high prevalence in the global market, as well as chairs which are currently less prevalent but which exhibit a design feature which we felt to be noteworthy or illustrative.  

You can read more about the selection process in our latest blog.

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