Findings and Recommendations from Whilrwind’s Assistive Technology Research on the Navajo Reservation

February 26, 2013

Kim D. Reisinger, Ph.D, director of Whirlwind’s Assistive Technology Research (ATR) Division,  recently concluded a major survey research project on the awareness of, access to, and acquisition of low-cost, high-quality Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services on the Navajo Nation.  The research was funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation…

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Keep Your RoughRider® Well Maintained

February 22, 2013

We are in the midst of preparing a group of User Resource pages that should be up in a few weeks.  But in the meantime, to whet your appetite, we have posted below a maintenance schedule for your RoughRider to keep it in good shape for years to come. Detailed instructions on each of the…

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I Haven’t Tipped Once in the 10 Years

February 13, 2013

  Whirlwind’s co-founder, Ralf Hotchkiss was interviewed in December by San Francisco’s KGO radio. Check out the audio clip and find out why he hasn’t tipped forward out of his RoughRider’s® in ten years! Transcription for this video: I Haven’t Tipped Once in the 10 Years

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2013 Whirlwind Wheelchair Newsletter

February 9, 2013

In this issue: Taking on the Lindy Point Trail Whirlwind Launches First Two WPACs Hand-Cycle Trike Prototype Ready to Ride Georgia Project Huge Success Will Power Ironside Download the 2013 Newsletter here .

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Whirlwind Staff Receive Honorary Paul Harris Rotarian Awards

February 5, 2013

In December, Whirlwind’s Bob Incerti and Marc Krizack traveled with a team of Rotarians from Sacramento, CA to Iquitos, Peru to distribute 174 RoughRiders that were purchased with funds raised through a combined effort of 14 Sacramento area Rotary clubs.  The team of 9 included a retired emergency room doctor and a physical therapist.  The experience gave…

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Demo RoughRider Available at Riekes Center

January 24, 2013

  Hey there Bay Area – Wondering if the RoughRider is right for you?  Now you can find out!  The Riekes Center in Palo Alto has a 17” demo RoughRider available to check-out, just ask to speak to Sharon.  Try it out and see if it’s right for you!

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Whirlwind’s Handcycle Tricycle Development and Testing

January 22, 2013

Many types of hand-powered tricycles are used by people with disabilities around the world, from lightweight sports handcycles for racing and recreation to rolling stores to cargo trikes loaded with merchandise. Whirlwind is applying our experience with wheelchair propulsion, ergonomics, and manufacturing to the development of a cargo handcycle that can be efficiently produced at…

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2012 Whirlwind Annual Newsletter

December 19, 2012

In this issue: Handcycle trike development update Meet Dennis, Brian, and Crystal who are some of the first RoughRider users in the USA Introducing new teammates Laura and Kaleen Memoriam: Dwight and Vivian Johnson Letter from Whirlwind’s Executive Director Download the newsletter in PDF format  .

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Hard Work, an Indomitable Spirit, and a RoughRider

December 12, 2012

Crystal can now tend to her beloved animals, including her six horses, thanks to her new RoughRider. Getting back to doing what you used to do can be one of the hardest hurdles for someone with a traumatic spinal cord injury. But Crystal Costa’s hard work, indomitable spirit, and her new Whirlwind RoughRider® are doing…

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Back on Target and Rolling in Big Sky Country

December 4, 2012

Dennis, back in the classroom, where he teaches a Hunter Education class at a middle school in Billings, Montana. An avid hunter, Dennis Hein, 56, enjoyed getting outdoors in Billings, Montana. For several years, he shared his enthusiasm for hunting by teaching a Hunter Education class in one of the local middle schools. But, a…

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