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 Two FREE Resources for Wheelchair Seating ​and Mobility Professionals


These two free resources were developed through grant funding from the PVA Education Foundation under the direction of Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT. The overall goal of this project is to advance clinical practice and outcomes research in the field of wheelchair seating by promoting the adoption and use of standardized terminology and measurement during all phases of wheelchair service delivery.

1) A Clinical Application Guide to Standardized Wheelchair Seating Measures of the Body and Seating Support Surfaces, Revised Edition

In this resource manual defining over 130 measurement terms, the authors present a complex ISO standard in a format and language that is easy to understand and practical to use. It includes the correct terminology for angular and linear measurements of the seated person's body and the seating support system. For each term the guide explains the purpose of the measure and its clinical relevance, with an accurate definition, a sample measurement procedure, and 1 to 2 illustrations helping to clarify each measure.

2) Glossary of Wheelchair Terms and Definitions, Version 1.0

This glossary includes a searchable list of 550+ defined terms related to wheelchairs, wheelchair seating, and wheelchair seated posture. The terms are organized functionally in four sections: (1) Wheeled Mobility Device Types and Related Terms, (2) Wheelchair Components and Features, (3) Seating Support System and (4) Angular and Linear Dimensions. Reference sources are included for each term and definition, and historical terms are linked to the preferred term in a comprehensive index.

These resources are available for download in a PDF format, and can be accessed by filling out the form below. Providing this information will help us keep you informed of any updates or new versions of these products.