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Project 143

Challenge Question

Can we develop tools to help with daily chores and activities for people with limited mobility?

Partner: Garrett Melenka Lab

Project Summary

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The March of Dimes Canada provides programs and services to people with disabilities in order to increase their confidence and independence. One such program called DesignAbility encourages skilled volunteers to use their design and fabrication skills to develop custom solutions for people with particular needs or disabilities. A request that has surfaced often but not been adequately addressed is the pressing need for an inclusive dressing aid. Ideally, this product would assist a broad range of people with physical limitations and help them to dress independently by addressing the challenges of doing up and undoing buttons and putting on and removing clothing that needs to pass over their feet.

The ideal designed product(s) need to be: easy to use; low-cost and easy to assemble by volunteers; and, appropriate for a wide range of abilities. A student research team working on this product could have knowledge of disability, industrial design, anatomy, and health.

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Organizational Profile

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March of Dimes Canada is a leading national charity committed to championing equity, empowering ability, and creating real change that will help the more than six million people living with disabilities across the country unlock the richness of their lives.

We serve, connect, and empower people living with disabilities to participate fully in life — on their own terms. Our work is grounded in the voices of the people we serve, built on a foundation of service, and backed by a 70-year history of success.

Key Words

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  • Disability
  • Health
  • Design

Partner Website

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