Short Tilte:Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):04, 19, 2, 161-170
Based on observations by trained clinicians and responses to a survey completed by subjects with spinal cord injury (SCI), this study assessed the potential for the Independence 3000 IBOT Transporter (IBOT) to improve employment satisfaction for veterans who use wheelchairs at work. The IBOT is an electronically stabilizing, wheeled mobility device for people with disabilities. It operates in 4 functions: standard, balance, 4-wheel, and remote. Four men with SCI used the devices to hold eye-level discussions with colleagues, climb stairs, ascend steep ramps, and negotiate curbs. The participants rates the ease of use and function of the IBOT favorably. Half of the users felt that the IBOT would help them at work and all thought it should be made available to veterans who use wheelchairs. A larger study is recommended to determine if the IBOT affects work performance and the ability to return to work.