Proaid E. Low cost neurological wheelchair design

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    Low-income disabled people in Colombia routinely face problems in accessing reasonably priced assistive devices and disability products. The standard, low-cost Proaid M wheelchair, made with assembled laminated wood components and commercially available materials, is an object-based response to this problem. Based on the Proaid M design, a new model—the Proaid E—was developed for a 12-year old child with mixed cerebral palsy. The project combined the analytical systemic model “Disabled People-Built Environment” with a focus on user-centered design. The end result of this project brought about a marked improvement in the quality of life of an individual who had previously been denied the minimum necessary conditions for basic mobility.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics in Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design
    EditorsMarcelo Soares, Francisco Rebelo
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9783319419824
    StatePublished - 2016
    EventInternational Conference on Ergonomics in Design, AHFE 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
    Duration: 27 Jul 201631 Jul 2016

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Ergonomics in Design, AHFE 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWalt Disney World

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    © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


    • Assistive devices
    • Disability
    • Ergonomics
    • Industrial design


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