The Standards Working Group is developing standards and test devices for manufacturers and service providers that will improve reliability and usability of wheelchairs in less-resourced settings and aid in the selection of appropriate wheelchairs based on the user’s environment and lifestyle.  The Working Group is establishing priorities related to standards and testing and a framework of testing protocols for engineering and usability metrics.  Standards Working Group subcommittees are addressing:  casters, corrosion, rolling resistance and whole chair testing.  The group also is developing wheelchair design considerations.  The Working Group includes researchers, donors, and commercial members who are experienced in wheelchair standards, work in less-resourced environments, or both.

Please contact Stephanie Vasquez at [email protected] if you are interested to be participate in this group.


Member List


Name Organization
Anand Mhatre University of Pittsburgh
Jon Pearlman University of Pittsburgh
María Luisa Toro Hernández University of Pittsburgh
Stephanie Vásquez University of Pittsburgh
Dave Mahilo Invacare
Daniel Martin Shonaquip
Matt McCambridge Independent Consultant
Norman Reese LeTourneau University
Chris Rushman Motivation UK
Don Schoendorfer Free Wheelchair Mission
Mark Sullivan — Chair Consultant, Convaid, Ride Designs and Polus Center
Scott Walters Mobility Worldwide
Eric Wunderlich Latter-day Saint Charities
Holly Wilson-Jene University of Pittsburgh
John Joseph Fried University of Pittsburgh
Keoke King Participant Assistive Products
Andy Maynard Mobility Worldwide
Marjelle Scheffers BambooAbility
Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu BambooAbility
Alba Polanco CONADIS Dominican Republic
Ben Judge GRIT
Ben Gebrosky University of Pittsburgh
Garrett Grindle University of Pittsburgh


Meeting Recaps


Standard Working Group, December 09, 2020 –Size: 270 KB

Standard Working Group, September 10, 2020 –Size: 223 KB

Standard Working Group, June 10, 2020 –Size: 238 KB

Standards Working Group, March 11, 2020 –Size: 61KB


Standards Working Group, October 9, 2019 –Size: 229KB

Standards Working Group, June 12, 2019 — Size: 316KB

Standards Working Group, March 13, 2019 — Size: 215KB


Standards Working Group, December 12, 2018 — Size: 556KB

Standards Working Group, September 12, 2018 — Size: 215KB

Standards Working Group, June 13, 2018 — Size: 187KB

Standards Working Group, March 14, 2018 — Size: 294KB


Standards Working Group, December 13, 2017 — Size: 337KB

Standards Working Group, October 11, 2017 — Size: 498KB

Standards Working Group, August 9, 2017 — Size: 351KB

Standards Working Group, July 12, 2017 — Size: 330KB

Standards Working Group, June 14, 2017 — Size: 252KB

Standards Working Group, April 12, 2017 — Size: 250KB

Standards Working Group, March 8, 2017 — Size: 864KB

Standards Working Group, January 18, 2017 — Size: 289KB