Mobility Devices

Film buff Zach Smith finds a new technology to aid people with neuromuscular disease

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:11am
When he was 17 years old, Zach Smith, who received a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at age 6, began researching technologies that could help him use his arms to do things he had trouble with, such as eating or playing Ping-Pong.

Solutions to improve everyday mobility and enable increased activity

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:09am
Quest Spring 2015
For many MDA families living with neuromuscular disease, there are few challenges more persistent and more taxing on a daily basis than those related to basic mobility. While each person’s level of physical activity is relative to his or her specific diagnosis — as well as the corresponding exercise parameters established ahead of time by his or her care team — mobility issues affect the entire...

Power wheelchair options and benefits for toddlers

posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:12am
Quest Winter 2015
Gunner Myers At just 22 months old, Gunner Myers is already learning to drive — a power wheelchair, that is. The toddler received a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a condition that weakens muscles and makes crawling and walking difficult, if not impossible.

Websites for mapping and researching accessible places

posted on October 30, 2014 - 9:07am
Quest Fall 2014
Note: The products mentioned in this article are not endorsed by MDA. When choosing any assistive technology equipment, be sure to do your research and consult with your MDA clinic team, as well as with an assistive technology professional (ATP). Between fall road trips and upcoming holiday travel, wouldn’t it be great to know the accessibility features of every place you might go before...

Today's power wheelchair innovations put users in the driver's seat like never before

posted on July 7, 2014 - 9:07am
Quest Summer 2014
Lateral Tilt System from Motion Concepts Dynamic Controls’ iPortal Mouse Mover + Accessibility Aquila Corp.’s Airpulse PK2 wheelc

The Abilities Expo, held in seven U.S. cities annually, offers a peek at new assistive technology and trends as well as product test-drives

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:25am
Quest Winter 2014
Every industry has its trade shows and the granddaddy for the disability community is the Abilities Expo. Introduced in 1979, the Expo’s target audience is people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and health care professionals.
posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:02am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
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Entering your vehicle easily and getting seated safely

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:21am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
As our regular readers know, Quest magazine takes a look annually at what’s new and exciting in the accessible vehicle industry. This year, we’d like to focus on the early stages of automotive travel in a wheelchair: entering your vehicle and getting safely situated. We’re going to take a closer look at ramps, lifts, transfer seats and tie-down systems. Going up A Closer Look: Slideshow...