Jack and his twin sister Rebecca, who live in Watford, were both born with Cerebral Palsy, which affects the movement of their legs. Their physiotherapist believed that if the twins could be encouraged to pedal a tricycle, it would improve their chances of being able to walk in later life. Our team modified two children’s tricycles, provided through the generous support of the local Watford community, to suit their particular needs. Jack and Rebecca now enthusiastically and energetically ride their trikes whenever they can.
People we help
Klicea is a keen artist who has cerebral palsy. She has limited use of her arms so uses her mouth to draw. However, she finds it difficult to do so on her flat school table and needed some help. Klicea’s Occupational Therapist contacted DEMAND with the problem and as a result our team designed a height and angle adjustable table, complete with back light, which allows Klicea to draw more comfortably and enjoy her art anywhere around the school.
Melek is 5 and goes to school in St Albans. She was born with an undiagnosed condition which has left her severely disabled both physically and mentally. At school Melek uses a wheelchair with a tray attached, but was unwittingly hurting herself by getting her arm trapped between the armrest of the wheelchair and the tray.
Our team produced a new tray design which prevented Melek’s arm from getting trapped. It had the added advantage of being made from a more practical material than the original. Melek’s teachers and physiotherapist are thrilled with the outcome.
Michael is paralysed from the neck down. He operates the controls of his wheelchair with his chin, but doesn’t have the same level of control of his movements that he once did. If he accidentally presses two buttons at once the chair’s control system shuts down as a safety precaution and has to be reset. This had to be done by a carer so when Michael was on his own he was unable to move.
Our team made a hinged protective cover for one of the switches which Michael is able to raise and lower with his chin in order to operate the second button when necessary. Michael is no longer in danger of being left stranded.
Diane has Lymphoedema and when sitting, her legs and feet become uncomfortable and painful. To help prevent this she elevates her feet using cushions at different heights, depending on the severity of her discomfort. Diane required a foot stool which she could easily change the height of by herself.
Our team designed an electric ‘high-low’ foot stool, which allows Diane to adjust the height using a remote and keep herself comfortable.
Muscular dystrophy causes Yoma, who is forty one, to spend a lot of time in a wheelchair. At home in Oxfordshire, Yoma loves to cook, and with support she can stand and prepare meals in the kitchen. She and her partner, Peter, asked DEMAND to design a support that she could move around the kitchen.
Our team modified their chopping block and fitted it with wheels and brakes that default to ‘on’. This block supports Yoma as well as doing it’s usual job in food preparation. When she wants to move across the kitchen, Yoma pulls a lever to release the brakes. Both Yoma and Peter are delighted with the result which gives Yoma much more independence.
Tim has cerebral palsy and is not able to walk or stand without assistance. He needs extra support when sitting, but is able to move around his home in Worthing by crawling or sliding on the floor.
Our team designed and made a chair for Tim with a seat at floor level so that he can get into it by himself. His upper body is kept upright by the chair’s arm and side supports. To help Tim’s mum the chair also folds, so she can easily carry it up and downstairs to allow him to use it anywhere in his home.
Five year old Nathaniel from Maidstone in Kent uses a wheelchair due to quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. He enjoys trips to school every day, but his mother was finding it difficult to push both him in his wheelchair and his young sister Alexandra in a pushchair.
Our team designed and made a lightweight ‘Buggy Board’ to fit Nathaniel’s chair, allowing his mother to push him to school with Alexandra standing on the back. It allows Nathaniel, his mother and sister, to go out for walks together without needing the help of friends and family.
Carina is twenty three and lives in Watford. She has acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, a neurological condition characterised by muscle weakness, which makes standing and walking difficult, so she needs to use a wheelchair. She wanted to start a Hair and Beauty course at the Technical College in Hemel Hempstead but her acceptance on the course was dependent on her being physically able to work on clients at a variety of heights.
Our team made a battery powered mechanism that is attached to the underside of her wheelchair. Carina can position the wheelchair manually then raise herself to carry out her practical course work easily & comfortably.
Nineteen year old Charlie from St Albans has severe curvature of the spine causing him to lean over forwards, with his chest almost touching his knees. This makes it very difficult for him to use the tables and desks in his special school. His Occupational Therapist asked DEMAND to make a tray
His Occupational Therapist asked DEMAND to make a tray to fit to his chair that would provide a work surface and also support his upper body. The tray has a cut out section shaped to fit closely around Charlie’s body, with padding to protect his chest. The front half of the tray can be tilted upward so that things like books, drawing paper and electronic devices can be placed in the optimum position for Charlie to use them.