The powered wheelchair user survey - the first survey in the UK to ask wheelchair users for feedback on how they obtain and use their powered wheelchair - has been published by Rica and in partnership with the disability charities ? Disability Rights UK, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Scope, Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and Whizz-Kidz.

The Powered Wheelchair User Survey Report 2014 finds that disabled people and their families often struggle to locate relevant information about funding options, make an informed choice about provision and to get value for money when buying and maintaining their powered wheelchair. Statutory provision is limited and powered wheelchairs are predominantly purchased privately or with charitable help. The survey of 364 powered wheelchair users finds that:

? 48% didn?t get the right information
? Over a third (37%) get no assessment
? A quarter (26%) are turned down for NHS funding
? 32% had to fund their own powered wheelchair completely themselves

The Powered wheelchair user survey report 2014 is available online at: www.rica.org.uk/content/powered-wheelchair-user-research