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about beneficial designs

designing beyond the norm to meet the needs of all people

Beneficial Designs, a rehabilitation research and design firm located in Minden, Nevada, works towards universal access through research, design, and education. We believe all individuals should have access to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life. We seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all abilities, and work to achieve this aim by developing and marketing technology for daily living, vocational, and leisure activities.

Our staff develops assistive and adaptive technology, performs rehabilitation research, contract design, legal consultation, standards development, and serves as a rehabilitation information resource. We actively participate in the development of national and international wheelchair standards as well as accessibility standards for ski facilities, recreational facilities, outdoor developed areas (including outdoor recreation access routes and recreation trails), and both indoor and outdoor surfaces.

focus areas

Our powered wheelchair test lab is quite busy and we continue to devote time and resources to wheelchair standards development. The trails and pedestrian access components of Beneficial Designs continue to grow. We are also developing new technologies with USDA and FHWA government-funded research and development that improve the efficiency of conducting assessments of shared use paths and public rights-of-ways.

Beneficial By Design, by Kelsey McCutcheon
An overview of Beneficial Designs, Inc.

Designing Beyond the Norm to Meet the Needs of All People, Standford Presentation 2015

Lakeshore Universal Trail Access Project,
Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama

Beneficial By Design, by Kelsey McCutcheon. An overview of Beneficial Designs, Inc.

Designing Beyond the Norm to Meet the Needs of All People, Standford Presentation 2015

Lakeshore Universal Trail Access Project, Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama