SOURCE: Bionics Research

Bionics Research

November 10, 2011 13:31 ET

The Fortunoff Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at ucpn to Offer Gait Training for Ground-Breaking ReWalk Device

ROOSEVELT, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - Following successful clinical trials at MossRehab in Philadelphia, the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (ucpn) will offer ReWalk, an amazing advancement in mobility technology, through a gait training program at the Agency's Fortunoff Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.

ReWalk is the only FDA-listed motorized exoskeleton device, available to aid paraplegics in regaining upright mobility. Under the supervision of healthcare professionals, people with paralysis below the waist can be trained to use ReWalk to stand, sit, walk, and climb stairs.

ucpn first facility to offer ReWalk training in tri-state area

The convenient location of ucpn will help the people of Long Island and the tri-state area have access to gait training with ReWalk. "ucpn is an outstanding rehabilitation institution. We are excited to partner with them in bringing alternative mobility to many in the New York area," comments Dr. Amit Goffer, inventor of ReWalk and founder of Argo Medical Technologies Ltd.

ReWalk is an exoskeleton bionic suit with leg braces worn over clothing. The braces have motorized knee and hip joints, connected to a backpack the user wears, containing a computerized control box and rechargeable battery. ReWalk is lightweight, approximately forty-four pounds, and relatively easy to maneuver, making this revolutionary technology a viable option for paraplegics. ReWalk can help people realize their dream of walking again as featured on FOX TV's Glee in December 2010.

After passing a medical exam, individuals can be certified to use ReWalk by successfully completing a training program supervised at ucpn. Visit for more info.

Fortunoff Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (FTRC) at ucpn

The FTRC provides comprehensive medical and clinical services for children and adults with disabilities. The Center builds on decades of ucpn experience and offers a medical practice where individuals with special needs can receive expert health care from a staff of specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, technicians and support staff.

Specialists in a variety of disciplines are available through the primary care programs. Renowned experts in the fields of Medical and Surgical Specialties, and Rehabilitation Services including seating and mobility, pressure mapping, wheelchair evaluation and computer access evaluations are available.

The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (ucpn)

The ucpn has been assisting individuals with disabilities since 1948. Today, over 1,800 children and adults benefit from the high-quality programs and services offered by this non-profit agency. The ucpn works to equip and enable individuals with disabilities to attain the fullest possible productivity, meaningful participation in the integrated community and potential employment. The therapeutic use of the ReWalk device, represents a unique, innovative opportunity that ucpn is pleased to be able to offer.

ReWalk gait training program at ucpn's Fortunoff Treatment and Rehabilitation Center is now available.

Contact Information

  • Open house demonstrations will be held on November 15, 2011. For info contact:
    Patricia Quinn
    516-378-2000 x355
    Email Contact

    For information about the training program:
    Ellen Naidus
    516-378-2000 x285
    Email Contact