Development of a Lightweight, Durable, Adjustable Composite Backrest

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43HD056705-01
Agency Tracking Number:
HD056705
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ACCESSIBLE DESIGNS, INC.
ACCESSIBLE DESIGNS, INC., 401 ISOM RD, STE 520, SAN ANTONIO, TX, 78216
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
847286739
Principal Investigator:
TODD HARGRODER
(210) 341-0008
todd@adirides.com
Business Contact:
TODD HARGRODER
(210) 341-0008
todd@adirides.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We have designed a prototype lightweight, sturdy, user adjustable ergonomically designed backrest support for ultralight weight wheelchairs that will provide necessary postural support and provide a variety of positions to ease dressing, propulsion, and seated comfort. The backrest will improve user comfort, function, and posture during multiple activities of daily living. The innovative design will enable the user to adjust the backrest position while seated in their wheelchair. The benefits of the design are lightweight, high strength, adjustability and durability. The backrest will be adaptable to most ultralight manual wheelchairs. The backrest will be designed with a battery of features that benefit the user including height selection, backrest angle adjustment, backrest to axle positioning, and lumber support. The purpose of the proposed research is to create and test prototypes to identify issues that need to be addressed to develop a practical commercial device. The prototypes will be tested to insure that 1) its dimensions fit a wide variety of ultralight wheelchairs, 2) it meets of exceeds currently approved ANSI/RESNA wheelchair and seating standards, and 3) it performs equivalently of better than other comparable manual wheelchair backrests on ANSI/RESNA tests. A consumer and clinician focus group will evaluate the prototype models and their feedback will be incorporated into the design to be tested to the ANSI/RESNA standards. There are a wide variety rigid backrests commercially available; however, most are heavy, unappealing, and apt to fail under active use. Currently, there are no commercially available backrests that have the capability of being adjusted by the user while seated in the wheelchair. The innovative design of the Lightweight, Durable, and Adjustable Composite Backrest will provide necessary postural support and provide the user a variety of self adjustable positions to promote independence with dressing tasks and propulsion, while providing seated comfort during work tasks in a variety of environmental settings. The backrest will improve user comfort, function, and posture during multiple activities of daily living.

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