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V. IMPLEMENTATION CHECKLISTS

ANTHROPOMETRICS  (part 1 of 2)

Dimensional data varies from one person to another, and the average dimensions vary from one country to another. The dimensions of the individual human being vary with time. The tables below provide a range of dimensions derived from various studies (see Comparative Tables). The given measurements take into consideration size variation between males and females as well as between different persons of the same sex.

Wheelchair Dimensions (fig.1)

Dimensions shown in the figure are of a conventional manual wheelchair. The larger, encircled dimensions refer to electric wheelchairs.

Wheelchair dimensions.
Fig.1

Dimensional data to a normal person (fig. 2)

Height 1.50 m - 1.90 m
Eye 1.40 m - 1.75 m
Shoulder 1.20 m - 1.55 m

Dimensional data to a normal person.
Fig. 2

Dimensional data of a wheelchair user

Dimensional data of a wheelchair user.
Fig. 3

Reaching zones of a normal person (fig. 4)

Max. Reach Up 1.85 m - 2.10 m
Oblique Reach Up 1.65 m - 2.00 m
Forward Reach 1.30 m - 1.45 m

Reaching zones of a normal person.
Fig. 4

Vertical reaching zones of a wheelchair user

Vertical reaching zones of a wheelchair user
Fig. 5

Horizontal forward reach of a wheelchair user (fig. 6)

Eye 1.16 m - 1.33 m
Shoulder 0.99 m - 1.14 m

Horizontal forward reach of a wheelchair user
Fig. 6

Common reaching zone

Common reaching zone
Fig. 7

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