New educational wheelchair app could prove valuable resource for disabled people
A new, educational smartphone app that informs wheelchair users about different aspects of their manual wheelchair has been launched, which is designed to give wheelchair users greater mobility and independence.
The United Spinal Association and the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, in the USA, jointly developed the new app, called My Wheelchair Guide (MWG Manual).
Proving a valuable resource to wheelchair users, the MWG Manual helps disabled people choose the right wheelchair, provides advice relating to wheelchair use and maintenance, and has a helpful Q&A section for those looking for additional information.
Other helpful resources within the MWG Manual include: self-assessment and maintenance checklists; customisable to-do lists; wheelchair skills videos; illustrations on wheelchair types, parts and accessories; health considerations relating to wheelchairs; and the ability to take notes within the app using text, pictures or voice recordings.
In addition, the app includes tools and resources to guide users through the wheelchair selection, delivery and maintenance process. The MWG Manual also offers practical information to evaluate each individual’s unique medical and functional needs, whether they are a beginner or advanced wheelchair user.
The MWG Manual wheelchair mobile app is available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store by searching “MWG Manual”.
Formed in 1946, the United Spinal Association is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders.