What’s possible outside of the wheelchair

Researcher(s): Dr. Jaimie Borisoff

Dr. Jaimie Borisoff and his research team want to explore how people with mobility impairments sit and position themselves when not in their wheelchairs (e.g. when on the floor, or when participating in specific activities).

If you participate in this study, you will be asked to

1. Share ideas (e.g. via email) related to floor sitting and positioning prior to the focus group session.

2. Participate in a moderated focus group discussion (up to 90 minutes) during which you will be asked to talk about how wheelchair users sit and position themselves when not in their wheelchairs. You will also be asked to provide feedback on an existing prototype.

Why should you participate in this study?

Results from this study will be used to guide further development of existing prototypes and provide future direction of potential research and design around seating/positioning technologies.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are:

  • a wheelchair user who currently spends time or has an interest in engaging in activities out of your wheelchair (beyond sitting on the couch, sleeping, and bathing) and can communicate effectively in English, OR
  • a health professional with a minimum of one year experience working with wheelchair users and/or people with mobility limitations (e.g. as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, recreational therapist, seating specialist, retailer, or other health professional) and can communicate effectively in English.

The study will take place at the GF Strong Rehab Centre and the BCIT Burnaby Campus (4355 Mathissi Place).

Time commitment: 60 to 90 minutes. Participants will be given an honorarium for their participation.

For more information or to sign up to participate

please contact the study coordinator, Angie Wong, by email or call 604-451-6934