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Constrained outlines: A method for creating access guidelines for individual wheelchair users

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Brian Abraham, Professor Garth Johnson

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Abstract

A novel method of identifying solutions for wheelchair access problems is presented. This method was developed in response to difficulties in identifying manoeuvring space requirements, particularly of wheelchair users with large or nonstandard wheelchairs. A simple theoretical model of wheelchair manoeuvring is used. This model allows scaled drawings of the wheelchair outline to be constrained on an adaptation plan, in a way that provides a useful representation of the space required during individual wheelchair manoeuvres. The method can allow speedier assessments, encourages the identification of novel and individual solutions and provides a simple visual account of decision making.


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Author(s): Abraham B, Johnson GR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Year: 2006

Volume: 69

Issue: 8

Pages: 379-385

ISSN (print): 0308-0226

ISSN (electronic): 1477-6006

Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.


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