Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Seating and Positioning Supports

Positioning materials can prop, support, and cushion your body.

What does it do?

Seating and positioning supports help you maintain safe and functional postures. For many people it is important to move between a variety of different positions during your day.

What kinds of seating and positioning supports are there?

Seat Cushion

Seat cushions may use materials like foam, gel, or air to help prevent pressure sores and other injuries.

Foam Wedge

Use foam wedges to add support to your existing seat or bed. Large wedges can also offer more positioning options, such as laying on your back or stomach.

Alternating Pressure Cushions

Alternating pressure devices push air into different compartments of the cushion or mattress, to rotate the degree of pressure in each spot throughout the day or night. Alternating pressure air mattresses might help prevent bedsores.

Alternative Seating

Many options exist to support your body in a position different from the traditional seated posture. These might include Tumbleform chairs, Yogibo beanbags, or corner sitters and kneeling chairs.

Seat cushion is half uncovered to show the gel cell interior.

How do I see 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 cushion, adaptive seating, pressure relief, alternating air mattress

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to 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. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Caitlin McKenney

Caitlin is an assistive technology specialist with experience working with students who have multiple disabilities and complex access needs. She runs TechOWL's used equipment and emergency preparedness programs. Caitlin enjoys learning about new tools and helping you make your technology work for you!

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