Short Tilte:Towards the development of an effective technology transfer model of wheelchairs to developing countries
Journal:Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):06, 1, 2-Jan, 103-110
Paper describes a framework to transfer and/or deliver wheelchair technology to developing countries. The framework is based on a literature review conducted by the authors, their personal experiences with wheelchair technology transfer to developing countries, and their combined expertise in the areas of service delivery, manufacturing, engineering, and assistive technology. Descriptions and examples of 5 potential models are presented: (1) charitable model, (2) workshop model, (3) manufacturing model, (4) globalization model, and (5) multi-modal model. The authors present a framework that compares the important characteristics of each model: required input, sustainability, appropriateness, and the potential impact.