21 December 2001 04:58
Approximately 1.4 million Americans use wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility.
This number continues to increase as the life expectancy extends for older individuals and as people survive trauma and adapt to chronic illness.
University of Pittsburgh's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheeled Mobility, an internationally known center in the rehabilitation technology field, provided the concept for one of the most comprehensive Internet sites devoted to people who use wheelchairs.
Mary Ellen Buning, Ph.D., an occupational therapist at the University of Pittsburgh, has played a vital role in the development and maintenance of the web site.
"I made sure the web site has something beneficial to offer everyone that accesses the site, including legal policy standpoints, employment issues and product development."
WheelchairNet is designed as a resource for a broad community of people with an interest in wheelchairs, including consumers, their families, clinicians, manufacturers, funders, case managers, and researchers.
This site contains vast resources for adapting to daily life when using a wheelchair, learning about mobility products and services and locating research related to wheelchair technology.
The goal of WheelchairNet is to educate and inform for the purpose of improving wheelchair technology and its service delivery.
For more information visit http://www.wheelchairnet.org