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Wheelchair Assembly And Rider Training

June 6, 2011

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Mission Local – October 2011

May 28, 2011

Ralf Hotchkiss experiences the travails of a wheelchair rider on San Francisco public transit. Read The Story Here.

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Whirlwind’s Ordering Process

May 24, 2011

Ordering RoughRiders® and the Wheelchair Provision Process The provision process should ideally begin with pre-identification of intended recipients.  From a pool of people who need wheelchairs in the locale where the wheelchairs are to be delivered, those who are not good candidates for the chairs that are to be delivered are screened out.  Those remaining in…

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Wheelchairs and New Production in Indonesia

May 3, 2011
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Indonesia is one of the poorest and most disaster prone countries in the world with tsunamis, earthquakes, and 155 volcanoes – like the Merapi volcano that swept away the village of Cangkringan last fall. According to the World Health Organization, there are 6.4 million children with disabilities in Indonesia and at least as many adults.…

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Example of ISO Standard Tests

February 9, 2011

A Whirlwind II wheelchair, shown in the photograph, was built by a factory in Quang Ngai, Vietnam. It was first subjected to the tests described in “Simplified Strength Testing of Manual Wheelchairs in Developing Countries.” A few minor strength problems were identified and corrected.  The chair was then submitted to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System…

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Simplified Strength Testing of Manual Wheelchairs

February 9, 2011

Many small manufacturers of wheelchairs throughout the world’s developing countries do not have the resources and technical background to test their products for safety and durability. This paper suggests some essential tests which they can easily perform. The tests are based on fifteen years of experience with the Whirlwind type wheelchairs (which are manufactured and…

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Children’s Chairs in Haiti

February 9, 2011

The need for children’s wheelchairs in Haiti is great.  Our contacts on the ground tell us that even with all the aid pouring in there’s very little for kids with disabilities. Vladimir, who meets Ralf, Whirlwind’s founder, in this video about our Haiti project in the summer of 2010, lost his mother and sustained a…

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Summer 2010 NewsNotes

June 1, 2010

  In this issue: Hope Again in Haiti Dominican Republic Project Computer Machined Jigs & Fixtures Clinton Global Initiative RESNA Leadership Award Ramping Up for New Products Download the 2010 News Notes here  .

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Haiti Project with The Walkabout Foundation

May 26, 2010

Transcription for this video:  Haiti Project with The Walkabout Foundation After the devastating Haiti earthquake of 2010, many Haitians suffered severe injuries, while much of much of the country’s infrastructure laid destroyed. Whirlwind recognized that there was a urgent need for the RoughRider wheelchair, which is specifically designed for rough terrain. We offer our special…

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2009 Fall News Notes

September 8, 2009

In this issue: The Whirlwind Franchise Network Quality Certification Production in Mexico Download the 2009 Fall News Notes here  .

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