New app supports users in selecting manual wheelchairs

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

NEW YORK – The United Spinal Association and the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh have co-developed a new app that informs and encourages consumers and their families to play an active role in buying, using and maintaining their manual wheelchairs. “As a national nonprofit serving people with spinal cord injuries and disorders, we know how important having a properly fitted manual wheelchair is in pursuing a healthy, active and independent lifestyle,” said James Weisman, president and CEO of United Spinal Association. The “My Wheelchair Guide” app includes tools and resources to guide consumers through the wheelchair selection, delivery and maintenance process. It also provides practical information to evaluate each individual’s medical and functional needs, whether they’re a beginner or advanced wheelchair user. The app features self-assessment and maintenance checklists; customizable to-do lists; wheelchair skills videos; illustrations on wheelchair types, parts and accessories; critical health considerations; an organized hub that integrates the contacts essential to getting a wheelchair; and a Q&A section. The app is supported through a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. It’s available for download from Google Play and the Apple app store by searching “MWG Manual.” The app is being distributed with support from The Clinician Task Force, NCART, NRRTS and RESNA.