Wheels Project Updates
1. Wheels Science Seminar
On Thursday, February 15, current and past Wheels team members presented at the weekly LETU Science Seminar. Students and faculty members gathered to hear about the project. Team members summarized what has taken place over the past several years, and what will be happening this semester and in May when the team travels to Kenya. Data collection will begin on campus next week to test how the distance between the back axle and front castor wheel on a chair affects the ease of pushing on a rough surface. Further validation work on the Wheelchair Satisfaction Questionnaire is also taking place this semester and will be field tested in Kenya in May.
2. International Seating Symposium
Natalie Dottle will be presenting her poster entitled “A Comparative Study of Aspects of Mobility Provided by Three Wheelchair Types Designed for Use in Low-Resource Settings” at the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March 6-9, 2018. Karen Rispin, Larry Raymond, Bridey Davis, Natalie Dottle, and Joel Noble will be presenting a workshop entitled “Using the Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition and the Aspects of Wheelchair Mobility Test to Assess Manual Wheelchairs: A Practical Workshop.” The Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition (WCQ-C) can substantiate the need for repair or replacement. The Aspects of Wheelchair Mobility Test (AWMT) asks a participant to roll in two or more wheelchair types, and can indicate the type of wheelchair which best facilitates mobility for that client.
3. Kenya Travel Team
The Wheels team that will be traveling to Kenya in May is Mrs. Karen Rispin, Joseph Bowen, Dr. Edward Hamilton, Carissa Zwerg, Heather Bane, Bridey Davis, Dr. Vicki Sheafer, and Allison Hilbig.
We are 2/3rds of the way to our goal! Thank you to everyone for the support you have have provided!