The University of Pittsburgh has issued an announcement seeking opinions on wheelchair service and funding as part of a research project to improve upon CRT wheelchair policies:

Dear Wheelchair Stakeholders, 

The University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with other investigators, seeks the opinion of all stakeholders related to wheelchair service and funding. This work is part of a larger Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project funded to investigate and propose a new policy that better aligns with the needs of people who use wheelchairs as well as those who provide or pay for them.  

We are seeking broad feedback from all stakeholder groups including people who use wheelchairs, care-partners/caregivers, clinicians, suppliers, manufacturers, policymakers, and funding sources to identify the benefits and short-comings of various types of existing wheelchair policies both in the United States and around the world.  

Participation includes responding to a series of questions related to your opinion of wheelchair service and funding that includes timeliness, complexity of the process, repairs/maintenance, quality, durability, access to proper equipment.  The survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. 

No identifiable information will be gathered about people who complete the survey; however, there are some demographic questions such as country of residence, first three digits and/or letters of zip/postal code, and primary stakeholder group.  There is also a text box for additional comments.  Results will be aggregated and used for consideration in the development of a new proposed policy.  

Participation is voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time. The University of Pittsburgh’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) determined the survey does not meet the definition of “human subjects research” thus does not require full IRB review or the written or signed consent of survey respondents.

More information about the project can be found at


This is an opportunity for all to express their opinions regarding current wheelchair service and funding policy. 

Please feel free to contact [email protected] should there be any questions or comments.  Also feel free to forward this announcement to other stakeholders you know.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey and contributing to the advancement of wheelchair services and policy.  


Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP and Brad Dicianno, MD

Project Co-Investigators