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

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

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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Whirlwind Staff Receive Honorary Paul Harris Rotarian Awards

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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Whirlwind’s Handcycle Tricycle Development and Testing

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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Hard Work, an Indomitable Spirit, and a RoughRider

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

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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Whirlwind Wheelchair Joins GivingTuesday Efforts

Before this June, Sudardo, a 48-year old spinal cord injury survivor from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was limited to his village and a few surrounding villages due to his difficulty in traveling.  In June, he received his RoughRider® and now collects 15 bags a week and provide for his wife, son and two daughters.  His RoughRider also…
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“My RoughRider is very special to me.” - Sudardo

Come Demo the RoughRider®

Dennis Hein out at the park in Billings, MT  “I just love my RoughRider®, it is awesome outside and in. The chair was very easy to manage in the gravel and dirt, uphill and downhill too.” – Crystal Costa, Equestrian from CA ” I feel like I’ve gotten my life back, I don’t have to…
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“I feel so much freedom, I love it!”

Meet Brian, one of Whirlwind Wheelchair’s first US customers.  Living in San Francisco, hear why Brian loves his RoughRider.
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Donate to Help Veterans

You can now make a donation and designate it for our VA Program. Whirlwind will make RoughRiders available to disabled veterans to test and provide valuable feedback through Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals around the country.   Donate Here Your donation of $800 will cover the cost of one RoughRider® for a veteran and a second…
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