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  • About

    Our History Rifton began in 1977 as an offshoot of Community Playthings, a leading manufacturer of furniture and equipment for early childhood settings. When our designers paid a neighborly visit to a Connecticut home for children with disabilities, a therapist asked if they could custom-build a chair for one of their residents. In the next months similar requests trickled in, and before long designers...
  • Quality

    Rifton represents the best of American values. All of our equipment is proudly made in the USA at our state-of-the-art facilities in New York’s Hudson Valley and southwestern Pennsylvania. By partnering with local suppliers, we help support the region’s economy and renowned vibrancy. Our JIT (just-in-time) and lean manufacturing facilities are clean, organized and efficient with little...
  • Made in the USA

    Rifton Equipment represents the best of American values. Every piece of Rifton’s adaptive equipment comes from our factories in New York and Pennsylvania. Quality is our top priority, so we only work with suppliers and vendors that meet our high standards. And by partnering with local suppliers we help support the region’s economy and renowned vibrancy. Read more about our company. Our promise...
  • Assembly

    At Rifton, every detail is given complete attention, and every piece of equipment is custom-configured to meet the client’s specific needs. We adhere to strict quality control. Before any order leaves our factories, it is personally inspected and signed off to ensure quality and safety. We are people building for people – every component of a Rifton product is welded, assembled...
  • Design

    Our innovative and functional designs are the direct result of therapist feedback. Each component is thoughtfully designed and engineered to meet the needs of both therapists and clients. And we are constantly upgrading our products to bring you and your clients the opportunity for better results. Each new piece of equipment goes through rigorous testing before it’s...
  • Evidence Based Practice

    Evidence Update: Autism in the News

    This evidence update is focused on autism. It is a topic that’s been in the news lately, and the Spring 2012 Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal features two great articles and one commentary on this subject which I summarize below. Additionally, it is timely for the Rifton autism chair which is now available. I have also included a remarkable (and provocative) ABC news video at the end which you...
  • News

    New PBS Documentary: Lives Worth Living

    I just watched the PBS independent video Lives Worth Living by filmmaker Eric Neudel. If you have not seen it you should. Comparable to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the disability rights movement took courage, persistence, and the working together of many convinced individuals to realize dreams of accessibility and equality. It culminated on January 1st 1990 with the passage of the...
  • PT/OT

    Toby Long on Activity Focused Early Intervention

    Not long ago I had the opportunity to interview Toby Long, PT, PhD, FAPTA . As Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University and Director of Training in the Division of Physical Therapy at the Center for Child and Human Development, she has expertise in the area of evaluation, assessment and service delivery to children with disabilities as well as in training professionals...
  • Tips & Advice

    Rehab Equipment Exchange

    A Solution for Finding Used Rehab Equipment Rehab Equipment Exchange started locally. As a pediatric physical therapist for 35 years, I was well aware of the high cost of new equipment. Often patients only need equipment on short term as either functional improvement or age growth limit extensive use of the same piece of equipment. When making home visits, I would see unused equipment being used as plant...