- Design of built environments to accommodate mobility scooter users: part II. [Journal Article]
- DRDisabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2011; 6(5):432-9
- CONCLUSIONS: When accommodating four-wheeled scooters, our proposed three-point turn definition would require more space than the current standards, but considerably less than if a full turning circle were used.
- Design features that affect the maneuverability of wheelchairs and scooters. [Journal Article]
- APArch Phys Med Rehabil 2010; 91(5):759-64
- CONCLUSIONS: Between 10% and 100% of users would not be able to maneuver in spaces that meet current Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities specifications. This study provides data that can be used to support wheelchair prescription and home modifications and to update standards to improve the accessibility of public areas.
- A new barrier-free burn center. [Journal Article]
- JBJ Burn Care Rehabil 1998 Sep-Oct; 19(5):390-8
- This article describes a barrier-free burn center that is accessible to persons with disabilities and that complies with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The burn center has 3 separa…
This article describes a barrier-free burn center that is accessible to persons with disabilities and that complies with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The burn center has 3 separate components: patient rooms, patient support facilities, and staff support facilities. Thirteen rooms are used to care for 16 patients. Two of the 13 rooms are accessible to people with disabilities. These 2 rooms have wide doors that permit a wheelchair to pass through, and they have enough clear floor space for a wheelchair to make a 180 degrees turn. The rooms have a sink that is accessible from a wheelchair. The bathrooms have large, clear floor spaces that allow for the turning of a wheelchair, elevated toilets, grab bars, and showers that permit wheelchair access. Special wheelchairs that provide easier shower and commode access are available. The patient support services feature a large hydrotherapy room that contains a table-shower system that allows a person in a wheelchair to gain access to both sides of the shower table. A tub room has been constructed to provide compact patient bathing and hydromassage, and it is also accessible to people in wheelchairs. The staff support services include a locker room that has a shower accessible to people with disabilities so that staff members with mobility disorders can work in the burn center. Grade II braille writing marks all of the signs that designate the permanent rooms and spacing in the burn center and in the contiguous common use areas. The common use area has a restroom accessible to people with disabilities and a waiting room with a telephone communications system for people with mobility disorders or mobility impairment.
- Adaptive plasticity in the control of locomotor trajectory. [Clinical Trial]
- EBExp Brain Res 1995; 102(3):540-5
- Eight human subjects were exposed to 2 h of walking on the perimeter of a horizontally rotating disc with the body remaining still in space. After adaptation to this experience subjects were blindfol…
Eight human subjects were exposed to 2 h of walking on the perimeter of a horizontally rotating disc with the body remaining still in space. After adaptation to this experience subjects were blindfolded and asked to walk straight ahead on firm ground. When doing so all subjects generated curved walking trajectories of radii ranging from 65 to 200 inches and angular velocities from 7 to 20 deg/s. Subsequent trials over the next half hour revealed retained, but decreasing, trajectory curvature. Angular velocities associated with these trajectories were well above vestibular sensory threshold, yet all subjects consistently perceived themselves as walking straight ahead. The blindfolded subjects were also asked to propel themselves in a straight line in a wheel chair. Post-adaptation wheel chair trajectories showed no change from those before adaptation. Hence we infer that it was the relation between somatosensory/motor elements of gait and the perception of trunk rotation that had been remodelled during walking on the turning disc. This novel form of adaptive plasticity presumably serves to maintain optimal values of central neural parameters that control the trajectory of locomotion. The findings may have significant implications for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of locomotor and vestibular disorders.