Transportability: Taking Mobility Along for the Ride

Seating and wheelchair manufacturers aren’t just designing smarter products with greater functionality. They’re also emphasizing transportability: a smaller size, a lighter weight, or a combination of those traits. And they’re focusing on convenience — devices that can be more easily and quickly folded and stowed.

Ki Mobility Liberty FTFor example, take a look at Ki Mobility’s Liberty FT manual wheelchair. This wheelchair is designed for foot propulsion, a mobility method often preferred by patients who’ve had a stroke. While many stroke patients are stuck with heavier, less functional, harder-to-propel wheelchairs, the Liberty FT uses newer technology, including high-pressure metal molding, which results in very strong but lighter-weight parts. And despite its tilt-in-space function, the Liberty FT folds for easier storage and has a transport weight of less than 26 lbs. For an even more compact chair, you can choose an optional folding backrest for the Liberty FT.

Altimate Medical Zing PortableTo the folks at Altimate Medical, transportability means the ability to easily take a standing frame from place to place, whether that means moving it from the family room into a closet when company comes over, or from the family room at home to the family room at Grandma’s house. Altimate Medical’s new Zing Portable uses a tripod-style frame for a smaller overall footprint and an easily folded package that’s easy to carry, thanks to its balanced weight. The Zing Portable is specially designed for little ones ages 0-3 and weighing up to 36 lbs. Fully confi gured, this new stander weighs about 20 lbs., making it easier than ever to maintain a child’s standing routines even while away from home.

Leggero ReachIt can be tempting to reach for a generic umbrella-style stroller for outings, but children who need postural support can benefit when that support is maintained at all times. Leggero’s Reach provides postural support in a stylish, family-friendly design. Reach comes in three sizes — 12", 14", and 16" seat widths — and all sizes are foldable to fi t into the family car. The lightweight aluminum cast frame makes the Reach easy to lift, and this wheelchair’s seat tilt and hip angle (recline) are quick and easy to adjust on the fly, for ideal positioning in a snap.


Alber: (888) 426-8581;

Altimate Medical: (800) 342-8968;

Amylior: (888) 453-0311;

Braze Mobility: (877) 272-9326;

Cheelcare: (647) 800-2680;

Ekso Bionics:

ITEM Coalition:

Ki Mobility: (800) 981-1540;

Leggero: (844) 503-5437;


Motion Concepts: (888) 433-6818;


Parker Hannifin:

Permobil (SmartDrive): (800) 736-0925;

Sunrise Medical: (800) 333-4000;