Wheelchair Testing Methods Receives $5 Million in Funding

David Brienza and Jon Perlman

Research by University of Pittsburgh professors that will develop new test methods for wheelchairs and seating systems was recently awarded nearly $5 million through the National Institute on Disability’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program.

The five-year project is being led by School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ David Brienza, associate dean of research, and Jon Pearlman, associate professor.

Test methods to be researched will address stability, rolling resistance, durability and overall product performance in wheelchairs. The goal is to benefit clinicians and consumers during the selection of seating and mobility technology and enhance rehabilitation services.