Beneficial Designs is accepting
applications for a
testing and design internship for Summer
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.
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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.
Wheelchair standards information:
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
Seanna Kringen and for further information about
Beneficial Designs visit our website