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Website Redesign

Website Redesign We are in the process of redesigning IPMN’s website. Our aims are to: improve people’s experience of registering on the site and booking a place at the event make the site more mobile friendly (since many members prefer to access it via phone or tablet) modernise the design and improve the appearance, layout, Continue Reading…

Hand Drive: A wheelchair attachment that allows any wheelchair to be powered in a rowing motion. It is 3D printable, open source, and available to all.

Hand Drive

DESCRIPTION We were given the challenge to hack a wheelchair and make it better. Through research, we discovered that lever-powered wheelchairs were proven to be a better physical motion for the user. We also discovered how expensive they were—anywhere from $2,000-$10,000. Instead of redesigning the wheelchair, we came up with the idea of a Hand Continue Reading…

The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology creates the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology has been awarded a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). ISWP will be built around a federation of regional and international Affiliate Members and Partners which Continue Reading…

Change to Guidance on Mobility Vehicles

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has for some time been engaging with the Department for Transport regarding changing the rules on weight for mobility vehicles, and Ray Hodgkinson met with Transport Minister Norman Baker to discuss this. New guidance has now been issued this week by the Department for Transport, which includes a maximum Continue Reading…

Paediatric Prosthetic Lower Limbs (video)

John Tiernan has posted a  link to a video of a child born without lower limbs who uses modern prosthetics to allow him to lead a completely full and integrated life. Go to links and scroll down.

Powered Wheelchair User Survey

Powered wheelchair user survey report 2014 A recent survey asked wheelchair users for feedback on how they obtain and use their powered wheelchair. The report published by Rica www.rica.org.uk , a UK consumer research charity, was published in partnership with: Disability Rights UK, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Scope, Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and Whizz-Kidz. The survey of Continue Reading…

School of Health Sciences

Masters in Seating and Posture Management and a Masters in Advancing Practice in (Allied Health Profession Speciality) The School of Health Sciences at the University of Ulster offers a suite of modules for clinicians with an interest in the field of seating and wheelchairs. These modules are: Seating for complex disabilities Pressure ulcer prevention and Continue Reading…

Best Practice Guidelines (BPG)

Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) 1 – 5 are now available via a link on our Resources page. These guidelines have been developed in conjunction with interested parties throughout the world and reflect a consensus view on best practice in the specified area of practice. The guidelines are hosted by Posture and Mobility Group in the Continue Reading…

ISO 16840-3

Wheelchair seating – Part 3: Determination of static, impact and repetitive load strengths for postural support devices. This International Standard has now been published and is available from the International Standards Organisation. It refers to the testing of postural supports for use in wheelchairs – belts and harnesses. Under EU regulations all CE marked products to which this Continue Reading…

Masters in Advanced Healthcare Practice & Graduate Certificate Programmes

The Department of Clinical Therapies is accepting applicants for its MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice and Graduate Certificate Programmes including two new programmes: Graduate Certificate in Posture, Seating and Wheelchair Mobility Across the Life Course (in partnership with SeatTech Enable Ireland) Graduate Certificate in Global Health Our graduate certificate programmes also include Pain, Neurological Rehabilitation, Continue Reading…