Stephen has brittle bone disease which means his independence is greatly reduced as, to prevent injury, he has to rely on his parents helping him with day to day tasks. Stephen’s Occupational Therapist originally contacted DEMAND because he was at risk of injury from the rigid arms of his dining chair when getting in and out. To stop this from happening, we modified the chair’s arms so that they could rotate up and out of the way, allowing Stephen to get in and out of the chair by himself. To improve his independence even further we incorporated a neat, easy to operate mechanism which allowed Stephen to move his chair closer to, and away from, the table without assistance.
‘Before DEMAND helped, getting Stephen close enough to the dining table on his high chair was really hard. We had to try and push him forward towards the dining table, as that’s the only way we could manage. There was always the risk of tipping him over. Now Stephen is able to pull himself into the table.”