Mark E. SmithThink back to rehab or therapy for a moment. No matter if you have an acquired disability or were disabled from birth, all of us who use wheelchairs have been schooled in “Transfers 101.” Whether independent or assisted, transfers are a part of our daily lives. In some cases, they’re easy and safe; in others, difficult and dangerous. So, what are the latest innovations — tools of the trade — that are allowing smoother, safer transfers?

The Transfer Board Reinvented.
If you went through rehab 40 years ago or 4 months ago, you know the almighty “transfer board.” Yes, that sanded, sealed, slippery 30-inch long piece of maple wood that creates a bridge to slide your bottom from, say, the bed to your wheelchair. Indeed, the transfer board is a proven design, but also a precarious one. The same slick surface that helps you slide can also slide from where you want it, making a less-than-secure transfer.

Accessible Designs, Inc., recognized the benefits and limitations to the traditional transfer board and decided to address the shortcomings. The ADI Anti-Slip Transfer Board begins with a .5-inch thick wood base, with multiple sealant coats for a slick, durable transfer surface. On the bottom, however, it features a non-slip pad, so it adheres to the surface it’s placed on and dramatically reduces the chance