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Title: Discussion groups on wheeled mobility continue stakeholder forum's momentum!
Author: Mary Ellen Buning
Published: 1999
Publication: Assistive Technology Transfer Update: Vol. 1 Issue 2 (Fall)

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer (T2RERC) and Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility (WM-RERC) continue to work together to introduce new and innovative technology into wheeled mobility products. Their "Stakeholder's Forum on Wheeled Mobility", conducted in late May, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focused on four technology areas: manual wheelchair propulsion; wheelchair materials and components; power management and monitoring; and motors and drive-trains.

Participants identified specific areas where additional dialogue among the stakeholders was warranted. In response, the WM-RERC developed a listserve and threaded discussion pages: http://www.wheelchairnet.org/cgibin/webx?13@^15@.ee6b377
on a World Wide Web site known as WheelchairNet http://www.wheelchairnet.org.

This "virtual" extension of the "face-to-face" meetings at the Forum will expand into five areas: 1) Improved wheelchair tires, 2) Manual propulsion and geared hubs, 3) Wheelchair batteries, 4) Wheelchair motors and drive trains, 5) Wheelchair power management and monitoring.

These discussion groups provide a direct channel to the knowledge, experience, information and opinions of your fellow stakeholders. This is an open invitation for all to contribute to the flow of ideas in the discussion groups. Your comments may also assist the researchers, engineers and scientists who are developing technology solutions. To participate in the discussion groups and review background information on both the Stakeholder's Forum and Project go to:
http://www.wheelchairnet.org/cgi-bin/webx?13@^15@.ee6b377

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