What is WheelchairNet?
WheelchairNet is a community for people who have a common interest in (or in some cases a passion for) wheelchair technology and its improvement and successful application. WheelchairNet is a virtual community... a community that exists only in "cyber space." Cyberspace is just a way of referring to the Internet. It's a community organized along the lines of a real town. We even have a site map! This virtual town is inhabited, visited and managed by people who have an interest in wheelchairs and how wheelchairs can best serve the needs of people who use them.
Over the Six years that WheelchairNet has existed, it has added resources such as a bibliographic databases, a series of slide lectures, article reprints and an active discussion area. WheelchairNet's purpose is to serve the information needs of anyone interested in wheeled mobility. However, its primary audience is the end user-the person who uses a wheelchair. Our site uses a community metaphor and WWW media to create a forum for the free exchange of information regarding wheelchair technology and its successful use. We believe that when the end user is truly the focus of a transaction-evaluation, product development, sale or funding decision-other aspects of this complex development and delivery system fall into line.
One nice feature of WheelchairNet is that the services and information provided are free--no property taxes, no sewer and water bills, etc. Another big plus is WheelchairNet does not collect any payroll taxes from its volunteer leaders--therefore no income taxes! Over time, though, it is possible that the Town Council will decide to establish some "Bylaws" for governing the community. In the long run, WheelchairNet, like all communities, will grow or languish based on the enthusiasm and contributions of its inhabitants.
WheelchairNet was officially incorporated on January 1st, 1999, as the result of a five year grant from NIDRR to the University of Pittsburgh, in support of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheeled Mobility. It is currently in active Phase 3 development.
In WheelchairNet people can...
Who should think about joining this community?
We invite you to get involved!
WheelchairNet, like any community, will constantly change and grow.
Who are your town planners?
Who are our sponsors?
As opposed to cyberspace, this is where you can find us in "real space:"
Last Updated: 3-2-2006
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Please note: This information is provided a archival information from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility from 1993 to 2002.