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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.

Tools for Play

Tools For Play

Paralympic Congress Debut

The 3rd Paralympic Congress, held in conjunction with the 1996 Paralympic Games, opened in Atlanta with a multimedia celebration of human strength, spirit, and ingenuity. The presentation, entitled Tools for Play, includes more than 300 images of people with disabilities participating in sports, recreation, and leisure activities. The montage of photos, video clips, and text set to music emphasizes the intensity of competition and the joy of the athletes as well as the technology making their recreational experiences possible.

Recreation Technologies

The presentation showcases people using personal, activity-specific, and environmental technologies to participate in all types of recreation. Competition events, leisure, and outdoor adventure sports are among the activities depicted.

In the competitive sports activities, sweating basketball players block passes with wheels locked hub to spoke, swimmers forge through the water with prosthetic limbs, and hockey players slide on ice toboggans. Golfers driving from swivel-seated golf carts, bicyclists touring the neighborhood on hand cycles, and musicians playing keyboards are just a few of the leisure images shown. The outdoor adventure sports images include hikers in mountain bike wheelchairs rambling off-road in the woods, scuba divers preparing to slip into the sea, and skiers thundering through deep powder.

These riveting images help increase public awareness of the athletic excellence achieved by people with disabilities, as well as the widespread availability of technologies enabling all people to benefit from recreation.

Thirty organizations and programs contributed images depicting the 90 different activities displayed in Tools for Play.


Gayle Curtis of the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development Center produced the Tools for Play presentation in conjunction with Peter Axelson and Patti Longmuir at Beneficial Designs. The project was funded by the Rehabilitation Research and Development Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Beneficial Designs.

To obtain copies of Tools for Play and additional information, contact PAX Press, a division of Beneficial Designs, Inc.