Rehabilitation Engineering: Manual Wheelchair Design

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What is the main difference between ultralight wheelchairs and standard wheelchairs in terms of specification and design?

Ultralight wheelchairs require more knowledge to specify properly than standard wheelchairs because more variables can be specified for ultralight wheelchairs.

How have manual wheelchairs evolved over the years?

Fifty years ago, there was only one style of wheelchair, which came in one color: chrome. Now, there are numerous types of wheelchairs to choose from, and they come in a wide range of colors.

What factors determine the proper selection and design of a wheelchair?

The proper selection and design of a wheelchair depend upon the abilities of the user and the intended use.

What is a depot (institutional) wheelchair and how does it differ from modern wheelchairs?

The depot or institutional wheelchair is essentially the same wheelchair that was issued to veterans in the 1940s. It differs from modern wheelchairs, which have advanced orthoses designed to meet the mobility demands of the user.

What sparked the development of a new class of manual wheelchair, the ultralight wheelchair?

The development of the new class of manual wheelchair, the ultralight wheelchair, was sparked by the disability rights movement in the 1970s.

Test your knowledge of the history and design principles of manual wheelchairs in rehabilitation engineering. Learn about the evolution of wheelchair design and its impact on mobility for individuals with disabilities.

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