Mobilizing the disabled in developing countries

Technology by Derrick L on October 31, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Did you know there are 20 million people with disabilities in the developing world that could benefit from using a mobility device? There are organizations that try to provide wheelchairs to them, but they are overlooking the real problem. People need a mobility device to help regain lost mobility, but a wheelchair is useless in the vast majority of the developing world because of the rough terrain.

A solution to this problem is to use sustainable materials that are readily available in many developing countries such as bamboo and bicycle parts, in order to build handcycle devices that can universally attach to any wheelchair, thereby making travel possible on very rough terrain. An ASU bioengineering team will travel to Africa during the summer to teach students and workers to build the devices, creating new jobs and providing more independence to the disabled through our device. If they don't already have a wheelchair to attach to, we will build them a new wheelchair out of bambo

 

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