Motorized Wheelchairs By: Joseph Pangelinan
George Klein In the 1950’s the electric-powered wheelchair was invented for the National Research Council of Canada, to assist injured veterans after World War II. The purpose was to be able to help those individuals who are unable to manually operate a regular wheelchair, need it for distances, or cover various had to cross terrain.
How does it work? Is a 4-6 wheeled folding/non-folding power chair. The drive/chassis system is powered by a rechargeable dry cell battery, and operates using various customizable control systems, available in front, center, rear, and all wheel drive. Controls can be • Joystick • Sip and Puff • Or by any other workable body part
Who can use it ? • People who are unable to use manual wheelchairs • Paraplegics • Muscle weakness • Those with Cardiovascular and/or Fatigued based conditions • the severely obese, or physically incapable elderly • Those prescribed by a doctor • For Medicare or other insurance programs
Cost Prices start off at 1000 and can exceed 8000 Programs by Medicare and various insurance companies are available for those who require the assistance and cannot afford it. (FREE!!)
THE GOOD & THE bAD Advantages: easy and convenient, customizable to meet the user’s needs, can be covered by Medicare and other insurance companies, wider range of use. Disadvantages: most are heavy and can’t be used on lifts or broken down, public spaces are harder to maneuver, most are not foldable, expensive, Medicare coverage is difficult to get.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation CNMI Council for Developmental Disabilities Assistive Technologies Program Trankilu Program Loan Less than 10 individuals on island utilizing this and acquired through private means Availability in the CNMI
Sources • http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/education/innovations/scientists/klein.html • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-digital/innovation/the-brains-behind-the-electric-wheelchair/article4502631/ • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (670) 322-6538 • CNMI Council for Developmental Disabilities: Assistive Technologies Program (670) 664-7003 (Ray Diaz)