In 1989, as a college student in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Jay Johnson was in a single car accident, which left him a quadriplegic. Jay realized very quickly that he would never walk again, but came to the conclusion that the fact he could not walk, did not mean he could not stand and move around. This conclusion influenced Jay to purchase a standing power wheelchair. Much to his disappointment, the standing wheelchair was unattractive, lacked functionality, and was dangerously unstable. After falling over in the standing wheelchair, Jay decided he could do better.
From 1992 to 2000, FENA worked on designing and developing prototypes of a standing power mobility unit. The result of these efforts has been the successful development of VERTRAN (VERtical TRANsportion), a standing power mobility device with unparalleled style, functionality, and stability. Unlike other standing wheelchairs, VERTRAN was designed with standing as its primary function.
FENA will continue to challenge the complacent nature of the mobility industry with new innovations. Meanwhile, we are confident VERTRAN will redefine peoples’ lives, as it already has for many, through improved physical and emotional health, better access to daily activities, and more employment opportunities.