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Beneficial Designs

We are located in Minden, Nevada just east of the Sierras. We believe all individuals should have access to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life. Please earn more about us!


We have many different services available to meet your needs. Beneficial Designs provides highly efficient assessment and transition plan services to identify hazards and access issues in the sidewalk and outdoor recreation environments.

Wheelchair Testing

We can insure that your manual and powered wheelchair products will be tested to meet the requirements necessary for Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC), 510k submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and/or United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) submission.

Sidewalk Assessment

Sidewalk assessment services are available; our sidewalk assessors are assessing college campuses and cities all across the country using the Public Rights-of-Way Assessment Process—PROWAP—electronics and software. Call today to see how our services can help you identify tripping and ADA liabilities.

Outdoor Recreation Assessment Equipment

Our trail assessment products and software have been developed to enable you to locate liabilities and access issues. We are constantly developing the right tools to efficiently assess all outdoor environments for the safety and enjoyment of people of all abilities.

Surface Measurement Tools

The Rotational Penetrometer is a precision instrumented surface indenter for measuring the firmness and stability of ground and floor surfaces, such as trails, playgrounds, and carpets. The Rotational Penetrometer is the only device of its kind—a reliable, objective, portable instrument for testing surface firmness and stability.

Mapping and Signage

The Architectural Barriers Act—ABA—requires that trail signage contain Trail Access Information, which is created from data collected during trail assessments using the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP). All trail users find grade, cross slope, tread width, surface, and obstruction information useful for the enjoyment of trails.

Trail Training

Onsite training is available to become a certified Trail Assessment Coordinator using the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and to become proficient in the use of the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) hardware and software.

Pax Press Publications

Published books include The Manual Wheelchair Training Guide, The Powered Wheelchair Training Guide, and A Guide to Wheelchair Selection. These guides provide new and experienced users and rehabilitation professionals with valuable reference materials.

Research and Development

We are working on new technologies that will make your access issues disappear. We are currently developing an application for mobile devices that will enable the efficient assessment of all outdoor recreation environments, including picnic and camping areas, outdoor recreation trails, and access routes.

Expert Witness Services

Peter Axelson can assist as an expert witness for powered and manual mobility devices. He has knowledge and experience related to the training of mobility device users and the design, manufacturing, prescription, fitting, and usage of mobility devices. He also has the expertise to assess the environment in which the accident may have occurred.

Sidewalk Assessment

More than 400 miles of sidewalk and a dozen college campuses in 5 states have been  assessed. Allow us to help your city with all your assessment needs.

Expert Witness Services

If you or somone you know needs an expert witness for forensic testing of mobility devices, contact us today!

Press Releases

Our team has worked hard on releasing the newest versions of the trail assessment equipment and software as well as the rotational penetrometer an instrumented surface indentor. 

Wheelchair Testing

We are always performing wheelchair testing requested by manufacturers. Check out what options you have when choosing Beneficial Designs.

Staff Directory

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Peter Axelson, Founder and Director of R&D, presents our work worldwide. He loves spending time with his daughter and is an avid mono-skier and pilot.
Allison Ansel, Office Assistant, attends Douglas High School and enjoys a good book, listening to music, and playing her trombone.
Bill Blythe, Technical Assistant, he enjoys spending time with his wife, likes to cook, play guitar, work with computers, and leads music at his church.
Barton Cline, Software Developer and Electronics Technician, enjoys in-depth Bible study, family time, languages (incl. computer lang.), and loves his job.
Jaime McGuire, Marketing and Project Manager, is attending Law School and enjoys spending time with her husband as well as dancing and singing.
Maegan McKean, Office Assistant, attending WNC, loves a good book, running, acting, and playing the piano.
Stephen Pieters, Wheelchair Technician, is happily married, enjoys riding motorcycles, fishing, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Paul Schnorbus, Machinist, likes Legos, machining, target shooting, camping, and a well-told story.
Samuel Schnorbus, Shop Assistant, attends WNC classes and enjoys snowboarding, paintballing, and shooting.
Stephanie Schnorbus, Office Manager, enjoys making music, laughing with family and friends, and trying recipes from her grandmother's cookbooks.
Sierra Stulac, Office Assistant, studying Psychology at UNR, loves to dance, run, and bake.
Cameron Tolbert, Shop Assistant, a student at Douglas High School who enjoys playing drums, piano, and anything you can hit to make noise (which includes everything).
Nathan Tolbert, Sidewalk Assessment Coordinator, loves hiking, fishing, and camping with his wife and sons, and enjoys coaching high school basketball.
Paola Vazquez, Office Assistant, is homeschooled and  enjoys being with family, jogging, and working with children.
Sharon Vazquez, Office Assistant, loves to read, spend time with her family, and bake.


Seanna Kringen, Research Associate, focuses on accessible projects, enjoys traveling with her husband and three children.
Ben Hubbard, Graphic Artist, loves to paint and hike.
Patti Longmuir, Research Scientist, focuses on accessible recreation, enjoys paddling and crosscountry skiing.
Mike Passo, Trails Project Specialist, provides technical expertise in trail accessibility and sustainability.
Jo Anne Snarr, Bookkeeper.
Jeremy Vlcan, Trails Assistant, enjoys hiking, photography, and trail related projects.