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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.

RESNA IF Standards Committee

RESNA Standards Comittee on Inclusive Fitness (RESNA IF)

The primary purpose of the RESNA Inclusive Fitness Committee is to break down barriers and improve accommodations that exist for people with disabilities with regard to public fitness facilities, building access, equipment, equipment layout, trainers, staff, and inclusive programming. The goal is to help foster change in the fitness industry and develop transition plans for access. All individuals have a need and a desire to stay healthy and fit. Public fitness facilities are where many people go to exercise effectively and to participate in fitness activities with friends and family. It is essential that there is accessible fitness equipment and programming available for people with disabilities. Another important aspect of inclusive fitness is to raise awareness and training for fitness trainers and staff who will be assisting people with disabilities exercise safely and effectively. Fitness industry professionals need to understand how to appropriately interact with people with disabilities. Fitness industry professionals and users need to be aware of what information and tools are available to help them. RESNA IF will review currently available inclusive fitness information to fill in the gaps that are present in the industry today. Information needs to be centralized so that the people who need the information are able to find it. Additional standards, guidelines, programs, and training methods are needed to help universalize the process of accommodating people of all abilities in public fitness facilities.

RESNA IF Primary Goals:
1. Help public fitness facility managers identify what improvements need to occur in order to make their facilities more accessible for inclusive fitness and,
2. As the fitness facilities are implementing inclusive fitness improvements, inform users of those facilities that are equipped for them to fully participate.

RESNA IF will develop an inclusive access symbol to identify fitness facilities and fitness equipment that meet access requirements for people with functional limitations and impairments. In creating this symbol it will be necessary to convey access to people of all abilities without negative or exclusive use connotation.

RESNA Assistive Technology Committees are open to anyone that is interested in participating. Each committee is required to have balanced participation by consumers, prescribers, clinicians, manufacturers, etc. We are actively reaching out to individuals who may be interested in joining this committee. We are planning awareness events and meetings in conjunction with International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), Club Industry, American Public Health Association (APHA) and ASTM International. If you or someone you know may be interested in the RESNA Standards Committee for Inclusive Fitness, please download the application at http://www.resna.org/atStandards/inclusive-fitness.dot and/or contact Jaime McGuire, RESNA IF Secretary, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

For other related pages on our website see: 
Inclusive Fitness Guidelines and StandardsUniversal Design of Fitness Equipment (UDFE) and Color Contrast on Fitness Equipment