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Manual Wheeled Mobility Aids


A manual wheelchair can help you move around.


About Manual Wheeled Mobility Aids 


Mobility aids include things like wheelchairs. They can be pushed by a helper or self-propelled by the user. Some wheelchairs have special features like reclining or tilting to position you comfortably. Many can be folded for storage and transported in a regular sized car.

What Kinds of Manual Wheeled Mobility Aids Are There?

Manual Wheelchair

Manual wheelchairs come in different styles and weights. A physical therapist or other seating specialist can help match you to one that is a good fit.

Transport Wheelchair

Transport wheelchairs are meant for short periods of use. The seat and back are made of cloth instead of a solid frame. Handles on the back let a helper push the chair.


Adaptive strollers are available for all ages. They are a safe alternative to transport wheelchairs for people who may need more support.

Evacuation Chair

Evacuation chairs, also called stair chairs, help people get out of the building in an emergency. They may have treads (like a tank) in addition to wheels, so that they can go up and down stairs safely. One or more helpers must push the evacuation chair.

Other Specialized Wheelchairs

Some wheelchairs are designed for specific activities. There are waterproof wheelchairs with larger wheels that can go on the beach. There are also many wheelchairs for sports, such as basketball wheelchairs.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


wheelchair, manual wheelchair, transport chair, evacuation chair, special needs stroller


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?