A report from an international workshop on space requirements for wheeled mobility aids held last October in Buffalo is now available. Organized by the Rehabilitation Engineering (Research Center (RERC) on Universal Design with sponsorship from the Board, the workshop helped define research objectives in determining space requirements for mobility aids in built environments. It brought together more than 60 experts in the fields of human factors research, data analysis and demographic studies, disability research, and the design of mobility aids from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The published report summarizes submitted papers, presentations, and major findings of the workshop. Papers presented included a critical review of recent anthropometry research of wheeled mobility users and assessments of trends and issues in wheeled mobility technologies, disability data and demographics, and lift and ramp technologies. There were also presentations made on related research from other countries, anthropometry and accessibility guidelines, long-range research plans, and human modeling software. The findings include recommendations to the Center on a project to develop a database on human measures that will take into account the various types of mobility aids now in use. The report, as well as workshop’s papers and the presentations, are available on the Center’s website at www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/space%20workshop/. For more information, contact the Center at (800) 628-2281 firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail).