The Accessible Icon
The Accessible Icon Project developed over the last few years is an attempt to visually demonstrate society’s changing perspectives on disability. The founders of the project saw the old International Symbol of Access as representing passivity - a mechanically seated stick figure which draws more attention to the wheelchair than the person in it. Traditionally, individuals with special needs have...
Father of the IEP
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
Coming Soon: A Solution to the Toileting Challenge
Toileting has long presented major challenges to people with disabilities—and the people who care for them. In just a few weeks, Rifton will unveil a toileting system that resolves most, if not all, of these challenges.
Among other benefits, the new Rifton HTS brings functional positioning on the toilet within reach, even for children with the most severe disabilities. This is key to both better...
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Apparently even Santa needs an extra lift now and then. Today we received a Christmas photo from our distributor in Germany (who has fallen in love with our TRAM), and we couldn’t resist passing it on to all our blog readers!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Rifton.
It’s about People, not Products.
If you’ve visited our website in the last few days you’ve noticed that we have a new look.
I could tell you about all the new features and why we made the changes,
but it’s so intuitive, I think you’re going to find these out for yourself.
I only want to tell you about one idea that guided us during every step of the redesign:
Rifton is about people.
With our products we support an extraordinary group of people. (You know who you are.)
Take a look at the caregivers’ faces in these photos. Look at the care in their eyes.
With our new website we wanted to capture these people at their best...
Extra Special People
Contributed by Brett Haslam, Co-founder and President of Oconee County Cycling Organization
About four years a group of us became concerned about the number of cycling accidents in our area and decided to do something about it. We formed an organization to promote safe cycling, assist in improving bicycling infrastructure, and facilitate the growth of all types of bicycling in Oconee County, Georgia. We...
A Big Win for the TRAM and for Rifton
The Rifton TRAM, an innovative transfer and mobility device, won gold at the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) held in Philadelphia last week on June 19, 2013. Recognized in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Products category, the TRAM was praised for its thoughtful design and revolutionary approach to safe patient handling.
Many of you who read this blog already know that the...
Announcing the Low-base Option for the Rifton TRAM
Since its launch in July 2012, the Rifton TRAM has enjoyed success in schools, hospitals, and institutions in the US and internationally. Its unprecedented ability to facilitate seated transfers, sit-to-stand lifting and supported gait training—without unwieldy slings and harnesses, lift arms, or overhead tracking systems—gained rapid interest.
Knowing that good patient outcomes are directly...
The Rifton TRAM Named as Finalist in the 2013 Medical Design Excellence Awards
We are thrilled to announce that the Rifton TRAM has been selected as a finalist in the 15th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards are the industry’s premier design awards competition and is the only awards program exclusively recognizing contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their...
World Down Syndrome Day
March 21st 2012 was the first celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. Only recently marked on the calendar by the General Assembly of the United Nations, this day is designated for raising public awareness for Down syndrome. The actual date (3/21) was not pulled out of mid-air, but has significance. It represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome which characterizes the condition.
There are some...