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Etac UK Product Specialist Craig Sweetlove, engages with another attendee interested in Balder powered wheelchairs at the Brittle Bone Society Conference.

Etac UK Limited, provider of specialist Balder and E800 powered wheelchairs, has successfully demonstrated to delegates attending the Brittle Bone Society Annual Conference (22-24 August 2014).

The Brittle Bone Society (BBS) is the sole UK charity supporting people with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). OI is a genetic bone condition characterised by fragile bones that break easily. As well as frequently fractured bones, people with OI often have muscle weakness, hearing loss, curved bones, Scoliosis, brittle teeth and short statures. The BBS works toward improving the quality of life for people diagnosed with OI through the provision of advice, information and financial support for equipment, whilst raising awareness of the condition. Balder powered wheelchairs are ideal to support the needs of individuals living with OI, hence two Etac representatives attended the charity’s Annual Conference at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow.

During the two-day event, Etac product specialists engaged with conference attendees who discussed their individual needs face-to-face. This provided a unique opportunity for Etac UK to listen to the day-to-day issues of living with OI and provide appropriate solutions. Ian Carter, Etac UK Managing Director commented: “I would like to thank the Brittle Bone Society for the opportunity to demonstrate our Balder electric wheelchairs at its Annual Conference. We felt the whole event had a positive atmosphere and my colleague and I, enjoyed meeting numerous delegates including the charity’s Chief Executive, Patricia Osborne. We hope to continue working closely with the BBS to provide Balder powered wheelchairs as our recent supply of a F280 to Sabia Khatoon, has delivered such a life changing difference. The remarkable lifestyle improvement Balder models provide through trusted functionality, comfort and reliability, continue to impress many individuals living with OI. This success continues to fill the Etac UK team and me with pride.” 

The Etac UK exhibition stand at the BBS conference included a Balder F280 electric wheelchair. This Scandinavian engineered Etac model has high levels of functionality which gives OI users enhanced independence. Its front wheel drive, infinite seat positioning and ergonomic, anti-sheer movement ensure day-to-day living is easier and the need for carer assistance is reduced. The F280’s seat is height-adjustable so reaching higher and lower is easier, whilst its tilt-in-space positioning ensures pressure management is maintained. Flip-up arm rests and a swing-away arm for the controller makes transferring in and out of the powerchair straightforward. The size and shape of the seating system can be modified to suit the user and adapted with additional lateral support and air lumber devices – ideal for assisting with OI.