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TiLite TR Series 3

Innovations: Hot Ultralight Rigids for 2013

Beyond insurer funding cuts and mobility industry trends, the one genre that continues innovating year after year is the ultralight rigid manual wheelchair. Approaching its 40th anniversary, the ultralight rigid is lighter, sleeker and, yes, sexier than ever, with the new models pushing performance and style even further for 2013. More Curves That’s TiLite’s tagline […]

Navigating the Changing Mobility Market

Navigating the Changing Mobility Market

There once was a time when your DME provider was there from delivery of your wheelchair through years of servicing, all the way to ordering a new wheelchair the next time around. In fact, many of us had the same DME provider for decades as we transitioned from wheelchair to wheelchair. We knew where to […]

Mark E. Smith

Performance Positioning

When it comes to selecting wheelchairs, most of us look at performance, like frame material on an ultralight manual or speed on a power chair. However, among the most overlooked aspects is seating and positioning, which dictates user comfort. With the average user spending 16 hours per day in a wheelchair, it’s arguably among the […]

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Freewheeling in Las Vegas

NEVER would I sleep this late — 1 p.m. — but this is Vegas. My accessible 550-square-foot condo is one block off of the Strip, two blocks from Denny’s. On these stints to Vegas, I’ve made my residence the Signature Towers, where accessible condo suites are owned or rented for $99 per night. A room […]

The NuDrive Evo

Clamp-On Power; Easier Pushing

When we look at the current demographics of ultralight manual wheelchair users, make no mistake, a significant percentage of us belong to an aging population. Those of us who came of age self-propelling beginning in the 1970s, with wheelchair sports exploding in the 1980s, have now been pushing our way through life for over 30 […]

True Suspension Ultralights

True Suspension Ultralights

When it comes to ultralight manual wheelchair performance, rigidity has forever been the ultimate standard. After all, a rigid frame best translates the user’s push strokes and movements into the wheelchair’s momentum — an extension of one’s body in motion. However, rigidity comes at a personal price. Despite advanced frame materials and designs, as well […]

Mark E. Smith

Designing Mobility for the World

When we think of innovation, we often think of the highest of the high-tech. Yet, innovation isn’t always just about technology. It’s about how its application truly changes lives. The earthquake in Haiti brought the plight of the developing world to television screens across North America. While the earthquake’s devastation is evident — thousands now need […]

Innovations: Sports Sensations

Innovations: Sports Sensations

It wasn’t that long ago that sports technologies for wheelchair users — from handcycles to sit-skis — were cobbled together in the garages of individuals. In more recent years, larger wheelchair manufacturers entered the market, increasing consumer access to sports-related mobility products. However, the cutting edge still remains with entrepreneurial manufacturers who push adaptive sports equipment to […]