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Wheelchair Provision for Children & Adults with Neuromuscular Conditions in British Columbia


Children and adults with neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and myopathies or myotonic disorders have unique wheelchair requirements  


The manual was adapted with permission from the 2006 document entitled: Wheelchair Provision for Children and Adults with Muscular Dystrophy and Other Neurological Conditions, published in 2006 by the UK Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The adaptations were undertaken by the British Columbia Wheelchair Guidelines Working Group to reflect the context, current practice and provision of wheelchairs for children and adults with neuromuscular conditions in British Columbia (BC). The adaptation process included appraisal, synthesis and integration of new research evidence; integration of the local perspectives and experiences of people with neuromuscular conditions and their service providers; and incorporation of the BC policy, funding and service environment.


This guide provides information about the needs of both children and adults with a neuromuscular condition. It is aimed at helping therapists plan appropriately with clients and families for wheelchair and seating provision. Although primarily focusing on therapists’ roles, the guide may also be a useful resource for clients, parents, caregivers and other healthcare professionals.



Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014