SPINA BIFIDA MOBILIZATION PROJECT

 

 

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Our Project: The product of this project is a fully functioning, self-propelled wheelchair that is adjustable for children between the ages of 2 to 4. The wheelchair is designed to traverse various terrains and aid in an active lifestyle. The chair is designed to fit in the trunk of a car and be portable enough to use at school.


Our client is a two year old child with spina bifida named Lucca Hutchison. Spina bifida is a birth defect that causes the spinal cord to form outside of the spinal column, resulting in paralysis of the legs and cognitive development issues. Spina bifida is a birth defect that can cause the spinal cord to form outside of the spinal column, while the severity of the impairments varies, common symptoms are paralysis of the legs and cognitive development issues. Children with spina bifida tend to be restricted to a wheel chair, yet there are few wheelchair designs for children under the age of four that are affordable for the average family. Our design is affordable, portable, and easily used by a young child.

 

Presentation: We would like to invite everyone to come see our presentation at the UnderGraduate Research and Design Symposium (UGRADS) on April 27th. This will be held at the DuBois Conference Center on south campus. Our poster presentation will be from 8:30 am to 10:00 in Room A. Our oral presentation will be from 1:30 pm to 2:00 in the Southwest Room. For more information on UGRADS you can go here.

 

Client: Amy Hutchison Mother of Lucca

 

Advisors: Dr. Kathleen Ganley Physical Therapy Instructor

Dr. Anne Hart Physical Therapy Instructor (website)

 

 

 

 

Date Last Updated: May 4, 2012