A step, or two for most people isn’t too much of a problem. However, if you want to get a lot of people on and off a train quickly, these steps become a problem. In 2013, I led some work to investigate the effect of vertical heights, and therefore steps, would have on people’s ability… Read more Rail accessibility and the effect of steps
The Enable Makeathon co-creation lab will run from the 6th to the 21st Dec 2017. The Enable Makeathon focuses on identifying key challenges and co-creating solutions with disabled people. In these 15 days teams will bring their ideas to life, design business plans, build prototypes and battle for the top prize of $25,000. However, few will be… Read more 7 reasons to enter the Enable Makeathon
The latest paper from my research group is out and will be presented at ASSETS 2017. We wanted to understand the attitudes to power-assist wheelchairs. The paper is co-authored by Dafne. You can read it here. We interviewed 12 manual wheelchair users to understand when and where they find propelling their wheelchair difficult. We asked when they… Read more “But, I Don’t Want/Need a Power Wheelchair”
In the beginning, there was a new member of staff in Engineering Faculty (Elpida Makrygianni), a new lecturer (me), an orthopaedic surgeon (Pete Smitham), a Professor (Steve Hailes) and an idea. The idea was simple. We would use the standard hospital, folding frame wheelchair as a tool to help young people develop engineering habits of mind. The… Read more Redesigning the wheelchair and learning to be an engineer
At 4am on the morning of the 13th July, I woke and realised I was scared. Mixed with my fear though was a calmer influence, a growing confidence that the Disability Innovation Summit might just go well, possibly even really well. In less than 5 hours we would welcome some of the leading thinkers in disability… Read more The Global Disability Summit – it happened!