Category Archives: Mobility Aids

Good Design Meets People IN their Lives

Mosses, Uganda

Mosses, Uganda

Good design meets people within the context of their lives.  It prioritizes the social as well as the physical circumstances and needs of the individual.

The folks at Motivation – an international development charity supporting people with mobility disabilities –  get this. With a focus on SURVIVAL, MOBILITY, EMPOWERMENT, and INCLUSION, they design and distribute high-quality, low-cost wheelchairs, tricycles and supportive seating products specifically for use in developing countries.

In North America we spend a lot of time and resources developing mobility devices that function – mechanically – really well. We spend far less time however, considering how well these same devices function within the social and cultural spaces of people’s lives.  There is much we can learn from organizations like Motivation.

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Art-a-Ride ~ Creating personalized wheelchair experiences

Benja loved showing off his newly pimped up chair to his friends. He now has a dragon snake tattooed all around that opens its mouth as the wheels turn, and several customized-by-friends accessories using velcro, and other material, enriching his wheelchair experience! His mom simply posted a message on Facebook saying “I’m starting a new project for Benja’s b’day, want to contribute to an art-a-ride project?”. It’s this simple and easy, help us spread the word.

Art-a-Ride connects creative people with kids with disabilities to turn their factory looking – medicalized – wheelchairs that highlight their limitations, into interesting, meaningful, and in the case of Benja here – super cool – “rides”.

The final co-creations, according to founder Eva de Lera, have a profound impact on the kids, their lives, and the lives of their families.  How amazing!

I’ve talked about this before, personalizing mobility aids is a form of self-expression that is not only good for our health and the health of those around us, its also really fun!

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Now look who’s in charge of the streets!

Now who's in charge of the streets! .37.32 AMA GREAT laugh and a fantastic way to point out some the challenges our seniors face everyday!

Check this out on YouTube!

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THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE

“I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad.”

Guillaume Blanchet lives on his bike for a year and dedicates this video and his love of cycling to his 64 year old father who has been riding his bike over 120,000km!

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Paralympic Athletes – Now these guys can move!

The good news? We’re getting better about recognizing, supporting and celebrating paralympic athletes!

The bad news? We have a LONG way to go for equal coverage. Case in point – Canadian newspapers printed 332 front page stories on the London Olympics and just 22 (!) on the Paralympics. Come on Canada – we’re better than that! To see other stats on our poor showing check out the post from Senator Mobina Jaffer.

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“Why can’t a mobility scooter be sexy”?

Eugene Emmer asks this question in the blog WHEELCHAIR PRIDE.  Good Question Eugene – WHY THE &%$#@&* NOT?!

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Pedal power – Bikes AND People – are just COOL!

German bike designer Dieter “Didi” Senft, aka El Diabolo during the Tour de France, presents his latest bicycle invention, the so-called ‘111-twelve-teeth-rake-bicycle’ in Storkow, Germany on March 12, 2012. The bicycle is made of 111 garden rakes.

Cyclists wear costumes on the 13th Tour of the Fireflies in Pasig, Philippines on April 17, 2011. The event aimed to promote environmental awareness and push bicycle riding as a means to minimize pollution

Check out Lane Turners amazing collection of photographs from around the world that celebrate the bike and those that imagine, build and ride them. “Gathered here are images of people around the world as we pedal for a reason, or just because. — Lane Turner (49 photos total)”

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Personalized mobility aids

My bike is MY mobility aid and I have it (and me!) pimped out for FUNCTION and FASHION.

I”m always on the lookout for other people’s ride and get inspired by the way we personalize them! Check out THIS guy – LOVE IT!

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Lego Wheelchair

My buddy Hugo loves Lego – lets build one of these!

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