An Emergent Model for Mobility Product Design Partnerships: A Conceptual Framework for Ongoing Stakeholder Participation in Wheeled Mobility Product DesignBy Grubbs, R.L., MA, MEd; Bernard, Randy, MID; RESNA 28th International Annual Conference 2005: Atlanta, Georgia,
Publication Date: 2005
Paper reviews several methods and approaches that have been utilized in technology research and development, technology transfer, and the commercialization of new and improved assistive technology (AT) devices. These methods include Quality Functional Deployment, the Customer Ideal Product Program, User-Centered Design, and Participatory Action Research methods. The authors discuss how these approaches to stakeholder involvement and product design contribute to understanding and present practice limitations. The authors also discuss the Emergent Model for Mobility Product Design Partnerships, which is a new model that utilizes design partnerships and stakeholder participation, and how this model applies to wheeled mobility products. A brief overview of the application of this system to the development of a dynamic seating system for people with high extensor tone, a low-cost durable cushion, an alternating pressure cushion, and a wheelchair for older people is provided. This paper was presented at the 2005 annual conference of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and AT Society of North America and is available on CD-ROM.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O16183