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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.

Testing and Design Internship

Beneficial Designs is accepting applications for a testing and design internship.

Peter Axelson of Beneficial Designs is the Chair of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Standards Committee on Wheelchairs and is a delegate to the International Organization on Standardization (ISO) for Wheelchair Standards. Beneficial Designs performs testing for RESNA wheelchair standards for the United States. In addition, Peter Axelson pioneered the Universal Trails Assessment Process in the 1990's and is intimately involved in the accessibility of trails and other outdoor recreation areas.

The candidate should have a strong belief in accessibility for people with disabilities. The person should have skills in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and be detail-oriented, organized, and able to multi-task.

To Apply:

  1. Click here for a printable version of the Beneficial Designs Intern Application in PDF. 
  2. Email your completed application along with your resume (in .doc or .rtf format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not call our office regarding the status of your application.

No applications will be accepted in person, via fax, or via standard mail.

Summary of Wheelchair Standards Testing

Wheelchair standards are specific test procedures used to provide information about the performance, safety, and dimensions of wheelchairs. These procedures ensure minimum wheelchair performance and safety levels, and provide a basis for consumers and clinicians to compare products when selecting a wheelchair. Wheelchair manufacturers conduct standard wheelchair testing on a voluntary basis and as required by funding agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare.


Summary of Trail Design Projects

The enhancing trails access and information for Northern Nevada project uses the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) to assess local trails and get signage posted at trailheads. UTAP is an assessment that provides objective information (length, grade, cross slope, surface type) to trail users to help them decide what trail fits their abilities. Detailed reports about the trail surface and features are also given to the land managers.

The High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) project is creating a computerized version of UTAP that has been shown to be more accurate and cost-effective than UTAP.

The trail gate barrier project is designing a trail gate for trailheads that will prevent access to motorized trail vehicles, such as ATVs and motorbikes and allow access to hikers, bikers and mobility devices such as manual and power wheelchairs, power scooters, and hand bikes.

To forward your application please contact Seanna Kringen and for further information about Beneficial Designs visit our website www.beneficialdesigns.com