A Guide to Wheelchair Selection

Paralyzed Veterans of America

How to Use the ANSI/RESNA Wheelchair Standards to Buy a Wheelchair

Peter Axelson, MSME, Jean Minkel, MAPT and Denise Chesney, MEBME

This book is designed to help consumers make a more educated decision when buying a wheelchair. The book provides consumers with objective information based on the RESNA standards. It is written in a easy-to-understand language and includes the characteristics and performance of both manual and power wheelchairs.


For your review the first five sections may be downloaded.

To purchase the entire book please contact:

Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Distribution Center
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Waldorf, MD 20604-0753
888-860-7244
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The materials taken from Paralyzed Veterans of America's (PVA) publication "A Guide to Wheelchair Selection" pages 1-26 are provided for personal, non-commercial education, and informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement with respect to any particular product or company. The material is not a substitute for consultation with a health-care provider regarding your particular medical condition and needs. PVA assumes no legal liability or responsibility that the information appearing on this site is accurate, complete, up to date, or useful for any particular purpose.

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PDF Files of sections one, two, three, four, and five of this booklet.

Wheelchair Selection by Section: Download only the sections you want to read or print.

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