Standardization—What Is it Doing for You?

Reprinted from PN November 2006

Experts have been working to refine and improve mobility-aid and adaptive-equipment standards—but much more needs to be done.

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Are you aware that a wheelchair, similar to the model you are using, has been loaded with far more weight than you will ever want to claim and then drop-tested about 6,000 times? Beneficial Designs, Inc., test-lab team members have pushed, pulled, smashed, dropped, whacked, thumped, and jostled many a wheelchair to develop standards related to a variety of adaptive equipment.

Over the past 20 years, the Minden, Nev., firm has been quietly working on adaptive equipment standards, covering manufacturing and design of a range of devices allowing people with disabilities to function independently. Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has supported the development of standards affecting the equipment you may use for daily mobility.

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