This article explores the seminal inventions, innovators, manufacturers, and brands from CRT manual and power wheelchair history in North America that have influenced CRT in the modern-day. This article has a secondary purpose which is to add to the written historical record of the CRT industry in North America that will serve to educate and benefit future generations of CRT professionals.
The participant will be able to describe a minimum of three (3) innovations in manual wheelchairs over the past fifty (50) years that have contributed to the CRT manual wheelchairs of today.
The participant will be able to describe a minimum of three (3) innovations in power wheelchairs over the past fifty (50) years that have contributed to the CRT power wheelchairs of today.
The participant will be able to state a minimum of two (2) examples of technology that influence the performance and / or design of CRT manual or power wheelchairs of today.
Tom Borcherding is a veteran in the complex rehab technology industry, working in sales and sales management positions with Everest and Jennings from 1986 until joining ROHO Inc. in 1993. With ROHO, he enjoyed global sales leadership and executive leadership positions up to the company sale to Permobil Inc. in 2015. Tom then worked as a member of Permobil’s global management team for 5 years, before joining industry start-up LUCI in October of 2020. With LUCI, Tom is responsible for sales, education, and business development with an initial focus on the U.S. market.