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Customizable Wheelchairs

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Abstract

Most children in poor countries rely on donated, hospital-style wheelchairs that do not meet their basic seating, positioning, or mobility needs. Instead of offering the child numerous benefits, the wrong mobility device is more likely to prevent, delay, halt, or reverse the habilitation process and cause further complications. The goal of the PALM project is to design an adjustable, collapsible, lightweight, pediatric wheelchair platform that will be customizable in order meet the needs of children with a wide range of functional abilities while remaining affordable to families in impoverished areas. The design underwent ANSI/RESNA testing and was thoroughly evaluated by both clinicians and end-users at Teleton in Mexico.

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