[Photo Above] Actress & Comedian Cheryl Hines Presents the 2014 UCP Universal Accessibility Design Award to Innovations Health Devices at the National UCP Conference in Nashville. Pictured from left to right are Innovations Health President & COO Ken McGuire, UCP of Sacramento President Doug Bergman, Actress & Comedian Cheryl Hines, and Innovations Health CEO Dan Niccum at the April 11 Ceremony at the Omni in Nashville.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2014
NATIONAL UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION HONORS
ROSEVILLE-BASED INNOVATIONS HEALTH DEVICES AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
United Cerebral Palsy has selected Innovations Health Device’s Wijit lever drive and braking system for manual wheelchairs as the winner of the 2014 Universal Accessibility Design Award, which was presented at a ceremony concluding the 2014 UCP national conference in Nashville, TN. The Wijit was nominated by the Sacramento chapter of UCP, whose members have experienced first-hand the health and fitness benefits that the Wijit provides to users of manual wheelchairs, including those with Cerebral Palsy. It is the first time in the 25-year history of the award it has been presented to a product instead of a facility or civic project.
“UCP of Sacramento is always looking to bring the latest research, products, and services to our members,” said Doug Bergman, president of the Sacramento chapter of UCP. “In the case of the Wijit, we were able to share a local product with significant health and safety benefits with more than 120,000 UCP members nationwide. This benefits our members, who are exposed to the latest medical technologies,” added Bergman, “as well as our local economy through the recognition of a leader in complex rehabilitation technologies who happens to be in our own backyard.”
The Wijit is a wheelchair accessory that replaces standard push-rim wheels with a lever-driven wheelset that allows users to go faster, climb easier, brake safer, and turn more precisely, without the wrist, shoulder and hand injuries endemic to push-rim wheelchair use. Wijits allow users to sustain a healthy cardiovascular rate for extended distances, helping to curb multiple co-morbidities related to wheelchair use. Wijits fit on nearly any manual chair and allow many individuals who cannot operate a manual chair to become actively mobil.
“We are honored beyond words to have Innovations Health and the Wijit recognized by an organization of United Cerebral Palsy’s stature,” said Ken McGuire, president and COO of Roseville-based Innovations Health Devices. “This award validates what research has already shown, that Wijits offer a safer, healthier, more accessible way to use a manual wheelchair.”
In addition to manufacturing and distributing the Wijit, Innovations Health is also the U.S. distributor of the JACO assistive robotic arm, a power-wheelchair mounted robotic arm that allows individuals who cannot use their hands and arms to be able to eat, drink, open doors, and perform a wide variety of tasks without assistance.