Andy contacted DEMAND to see if we could replace his mouth pointer. He has motor neurone disease and uses the mouth pointer communicate using the computer. We made improvements to his pointer, making it easier for Andy to use his computer and to connect with friends and family.
People we help
Arthur is a very active man with paraplegia. The high risk of injury to his legs meant that he was being held back from pursuing his outdoor sporting passions. He already had a rough idea for a guard which would fit to his wheelchair and give him the protection he needed.
We refined and developed his ideas and turned them into reality. His custom leg guard means he can confidently enjoy fishing and nature photography with much less risk of hurting himself.
Cheryl is a proud mum who wanted to be able to take her daughter out and about easily and safely. Cheryl has Neurovascular Dystrophy and needs to use a wheelchair. She was having great difficulty controlling her daughter’s pushchair as well as her own wheelchair.
We designed and made an attachment which stabilises the pushchair and ensures that it goes exactly where Cheryl wants it to.
Abu is 8 and lives in Bangladesh. He does not have the use of his legs and his condition means that he is also unable to operate a traditional manual wheelchair. We were asked to help improve Abu’s mobility and independence by designing a mobile chair suitable for Abu’s needs.
Our team designed a ‘scoot seat’ which features a brake that Abu operates with his upper body. Liaising through Gundula Stevens, a retired Occupational Therapist and very old friend of DEMAND, we designed the seat and then provided engineering drawings and instructions to local craftsmen in Bangladesh who manufactured it. Abu is now able to get about by himself and there’s no stopping him.
Frank likes to be smartly turned out and was extremely frustrated at not being able to iron his own clothes easily. An existing fold-away ironing board, modified to work properly for a wheelchair user, has put him in much more control of his own time and activity.
“I have been playing trumpet for almost 50 years and this spring I was in a very serious cycling accident which resulted in an injury to my right arm and hand. An internet search found a DEMAND YouTube video of a young girl playing trumpet using a monopod and bracket device to support her instrument. I sent an inquiry asking about getting a similar bracket. After many back and forth emails of measurements and photos I received a beautifully made bracket and monopod which fit perfectly. I am now able to play comfortably using the monopod support. It has made a huge difference to me; music has been my life. I am grateful for DEMAND’s concern and skill allowing me to continue to enjoy making music.”
After emails of measurements and photos I received a beautifully made bracket and monopod which fit perfectly. I am now able to play comfortably using the monopod support. It has made a huge difference to me; music has been my life. I am grateful for DEMAND’s concern and skill allowing me to continue to enjoy making music.”
“Imagine the joy and relief at being able to continue playing after such a devastating injury” – Sherman
“Sydney wanted so much to join us at the dinner table, but the specific piece of equipment that would make that possible was only made in the UK and was just too expensive. Through the internet I came across DEMAND and found the exact item had been donated to them. They fully refurbished the chair and ensured it was just right for Sydney’s needs, before shipping it all the way out here. Sydney loves it, and now she can eat dinner with us! She is so happy in this chair.”
“Now Sydney can eat dinner with us! She is so happy in this chair” Sydney’s Mum
]Tadius is a confident 6 year old who has been a paraplegic since birth. His DEMAND made-to-measure steps enable him to get in and out of his wheelchair on his own. The ergonomic handrails also help and encourage Tadius to develop the strength in his arms.
“Amber was diagnosed with developmental delay, low muscle tone and hypermobility. As a result, we needed to work on improving the strength in her muscles and give her the confi dence to walk. Amber loved moving around in her car walker, but it gave her far too much support and enabled her to sit down whilst moving.
DEMAND skillfully modified her car with a padded insert for a snug fit and a bar to hold on to for added security, all of which encourage her to stand up to move around. She is slowly gaining confidence and strength in her legs and is able to continue using her much loved toy whilst learning to walk.” – Amber’s Mum Rebecca
“Amber is able to use her much loved toy whilst learning to walk”
“Lisa’s physical disabilities present her with a number of challenges in day to day life; nevertheless Lisa leads a full and active life with a wonderful support network. Having tried a number of transfer methods, Lisa and I chose a rotunda stand which we hoped would negate the need to start hoisting. Unfortunately, due to Lisa’s hip and knee position when standing, the standard knee pad did not provide adequate support and posed a potential increased risk of falls while in use.
DEMAND were able to design and build a bespoke knee pad tailored specifically for Lisa which promoted good posture enabling Lisa to maintain a strong standing position. This perceivably small adaptation has made a huge impact to Lisa’s quality of life and those that support her.” – Stuart, Lisa’s occupational therapist