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The Weight and Seating Independence Project (WSIP)

Gain better control of your health and life. Serving Central and Western Massachusetts

Wheelchair Accessible Scales and Pressure Mapping Technology

MassMATCH is pleased to announce the availability of wheelchair accessible scales and digital pressure mapping technology (PMT) in Central and Western Massachusetts. The Weight and Seating Independence Project (WSIP) is making this essential equipment accessible to individuals with disabilities, families, caregivers and other professionals. With funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, MassMATCH is helping individuals with paralysis take control of their own health.

Woman in wheelchair on portable scale mat, outdoors, another woman is helping. A woman seated in a wheelchair observes a pressure mapping display.

Trainings with Pressure Mapping Technology (PMT)

Interface pressure mapping is used to show pressure points when someone is sitting or lying down. Too much pressure at one point can lead to skin breakdowns or other injuries. Pressure mapping technology is useful for determining appropriate seating and positioning for users of wheelchairs. These trainings are intended for individuals with disabilities, family members, home care providers, personal care attendants and others working with individuals with paralysis-causing conditions. Learn how to borrow and use pressure mapping technology. Help prevent life-threatening injuries!

The trainings will be conducted by Mary Jo Wagner, OTR/L, ATP, of the Department of Developmental Services; and Ron Resnick and Sarah Bandzak of Blue Chip Medical Products, Inc. Participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

To register for one of the trainings listed below, please email your interest to or call Tanya Bombard at 617-204-3851.

June 8th, 2017

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
208 West Street, Pittsfield MA 01201

August 2nd, 2017

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Stavros Center for Independent Living
210 Old Farm Road, Amherst MA 01002

September 19th, 2017

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
208 West Street, Pittsfield MA 01201

November 6th, 2017

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Easter Seals Ma
484 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608

Weigh Yourself at an Independent Living Center (ILC)

Roll-on scales suitable for manual and power wheelchairs, including those with a bariatric wheelbase, are available for use at the ILCs listed here. Drop in or schedule a visit. First-time users will be asked to register with the WSIP so we can follow up for feedback and program evaluation. Registration is completely voluntary and the scales are available to anyone who uses a wheelchair.

AdLib (Pittsfield)

215 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Stavros (Springfield)

227 Berkshire Avenue
Springfield, MA 01109

Stavros (Amherst)

210 Old Farm Road
Amherst, MA 01002

The Center for Living and Working (Worcester)

484 Main Street, Suite 345
Worcester, MA 01608
Voice: 508-798-0350
Video Phone: 508-762-1164

Borrow a Portable Scale or Pressure Mapping Technology (PMT)

The MassMATCH AT Regional Centers (ATRCs) in Pittsfield and - coming October of 2017 - Worcester will provide equipment demonstrations of portable wheelchair-accessible scales and pressure mapping technology. The centers also provide short-term device loans for 2 to 4 weeks at a time at no cost to individuals, families and professionals. WSIP loaner equipment enables users to...

  • Weigh your wheelchair once at home, then track your weight at an ILC.
  • Pressure map your seating and/or sleeping positions.
  • Find how to release pressure in high-intensity areas.
  • Map different environments: car, commode, bed and even recreation equipment!
  • Learn to lessen the impact of different activities on your body.
  • Help prevent pressure sores!

Contact your nearest ATRC to arrange an equipment demonstration and/or device loan. Your may also browse and request a range of assistive technology at

UCP-Berkshire (Pittsfield)

208 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Easter Seals - MA (Worcester) by Oct 2017

484 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

WSIP Outreach Flyers

WSIP Outreach Flyer - English (PDF)
WSIP Outreach Flyer - Spanish (PDF)
WSIP Training Schedule Flyer (PDF)

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Pressure Mapping User Information

Pressure Mapping Self-Evaluation (Word). This is a questionnaire that is included in a binder of information every borrower receives with the pressure mat equipment. The binder includes a Quick Start Guide, information on pressure injuries and skin management, information on wheelchair clinics, funding and additional resources.

The Weight and Seating Independence Project (WSIP) is a program of MassMATCH, the Assistive Technology Act program for Massachusetts. MassMATCH is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and managed by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). WSIP is made possible by a grant funded through a cooperative agreement between the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and ACL (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002-02-01; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93.325).

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