Seven pioneering assistive solutions celebrated at charity’s annual awards
National charity Remap has given seven assistive technology innovations awards at its 2019 awards event, including a posture-correcting pressure sensor, portable guide rails for visually impaired individuals and a clever speech amplifier.
Working through local groups of skilled volunteers, Remap helps disabled people become more independent by designing bespoke equipment to meet their individual needs.
At its recent Remap Awards 2019, the charity celebrated the hard work of its volunteers by awarding seven of their innovations.
Amongst the awards was an innovative speech amplifier for a 4-year-old boy with vocal cord palsy. Previously, he could only speak with a very quiet voice, but the speech amplifier – which consists of a small speaker and head microphone – now helps him communicate more easily with friends and family.
In addition, a posture-correcting pressure sensor won an award for helping alert a woman with cerebral palsy when she was leaning too much on her left arm, reminding her to readjust her posture and reduce pressure on her left shoulder.
Also, amongst the award winners was a detachable chariot with independent brakes to attach to a 15-year-old boy’s trike, giving him the chance to give a lift to passengers. The idea behind the innovation is that if the boy is travelling too fast, the passenger in the chariot is able to control the speed of the trike through the braking system.
Lightweight, portable guide rails to help visually impaired bowlers find the right lane whilst bowling also won an award at the charity’s annual event.
Helping an avid bird-watcher – who had lost the use of her right hand due to an aneurysm – look through a pair of binoculars, a lightweight device to hold the binoculars steady in front of her eyes also won an award at the Remap Awards 2019.
A wheelchair turntable system was also awarded, allowing a wheelchair user to get around a tight, narrow corner in his home. The difficult corner is situated at the entrance of the man’s home, meaning he previously could not get out and about due to his wheelchair being unable to get around the corner. Now, the wheelchair turntable enables him to get out again.
The final award went to a solution that helped a man with motor neurone disease keep his head upright. The device supports his head through combining a strap, which runs down to a trouser belt, with a baseball cap to help the man maintain a good head position.https://thiis.co.uk/seven-pioneering-assistive-solutions-celebrated-at-charitys-annual-awards/https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Remap-awards.jpg?fit=900%2C600&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Remap-awards.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Awards & AchievementsNewsroomThird Sectorassistive devices,assistive technology,guide rails,pressure sensor,Remap,Remap awards,Remap Awards 2019,speech amplifier,wheelchair turntable,wheelchair userNational charity Remap has given seven assistive technology innovations awards at its 2019 awards event, including a posture-correcting pressure sensor, portable guide rails for visually impaired individuals and a clever speech amplifier. Working through local groups of skilled volunteers, Remap helps disabled people become more independent by designing bespoke equipment...Sarah SarsbySarah Sarsbysarah@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine