Mobility & More:

Reprinted from PN February 2002

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Roll Up Your Ramp!

The Roll-A-Ramp received the 2001 Innovation Award at Medtrade, a national medical equipment trade show held in October 2001 in New Orleans. Designed to allow greater mobility and freedom, the new product from DT&J is said to suit all applicationsvans as well as buildings. Its lightweight sections reportedly roll up quickly and come with a combination strap/carrying handle.

The device is available as a two-ramp system for wheelchair users or a wide-base version for platform mobility aids (scooters) and as an in-place access ramp. Both models feature built-in safety rails that prevent wheels from slipping off the surface, and each has special angled endflaps for smooth access.

Contact: DT&J, Inc., 601 West Main Avenue, West Fargo, ND 58087. (701) 277-9471 / /


Project Update

The Wheeled Mobility Project, begun in October 1998 in partnership with the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheeled Mobility, focuses on identification and transfer of technology solutions. The Rehabilitation Engineering Resource Center on Technology Transfer (T2RERC), Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo (N.Y.), is actively working with developers of power management (battery-string equalizer), power monitoring, manual wheelchair propulsion

(geared lever drives), and advanced motor (with electronic transmission capabilities) technologies.

The battery-string equalizer is the technology closest to full commercialization; its employment significantly increases the performance and life span of the lead-acid batteries used with power wheelchairs and platform mobility aids (scooters). Six manufacturers are testing the battery-string equalizer.

Source: Assistive Technology Transfer Update (September 2001). T2RERC, (800) 628-2282 (toll-free voice/TDD) / (716) 829-3141 / 829-3217 (fax) /


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