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Consumers get the report!

Equipment that is "medically necessary" always seems to carry such a high price tag. That makes choosing the right equipment even more important. How do you know which wheelchair or piece of equipment is the best? Where can you find out what other people think?

Consumer Information and Protection

Product comparisons

  • Independent Reviews - reviews of different wheelchairs by knowledgeable and "real" end users.
  • "Spin Doctor runs wheelchairs through gauntlet" - Dr. Rory Cooper at the University of Pittsburgh crash-tests wheelchairs!
  • Sliver Cross - research all lift products, compare common models, inform you about the availability of local funding and find a recycled or low priced lift.
  • - irreverent opinions about wheelchairs from Mark E. Smith, Editor and wheelchair user. The site a hot discussion area about the pros and cons of various makes and models of wheelchairs.

Product Improvements

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Standards: What do they mean to the purchaser?

Wheelchair standards are the terms, definitions, design requirements, performance requirements, test methods and disclosure requirements of wheelchairs that are agreed upon and formalized by a national or international standards organization.

Scooters versus Wheelchairs

Lightweight versus Standard Wheelchairs

Indoor power mobility

"Lemon Laws" and Wheelchair Warranties


Last Updated: 3-2-2006

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