Janna Deeble

Janna Deeble

Industrial Design and Technology BA

SafariSeat

Locally manufacturable mobility-aid for paraplegics in developing world

In less industrialised countries, nineteen million physically disabled people live without suitable mobility aids. Most live in rural areas without access to public transport, and are hindered by the need to move over rough terrain. The lack of suitable mobility aids means they lead marginalised lives, with limited access to education, employment and healthcare. Conventional wheelchairs, often refurbished and donated, are unsuitable for rough terrain. They are fabricated from pre-formed components and materials that cannot be repaired or replaced locally. Existing tricycles suit the terrain, but are too large for indoor use - they rust in the rain and the user is forced to crawl around their home. Consequently, there is a need for a wheelchair that can function on varied terrain, is small enough to use indoors, and can be manufactured, and repaired, from what is available locally. Patent Pending GB1508649.9