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Universal Design grant

Speaking of engineering needs, usability and Seating–modify, buy, or build

here’s an opportunity to find funding to design a way for locals to design and build adequate seating for local people (appropriate technology).

4) Universal Design

The National Endowment for the Arts requests proposals for the Universal Design Leadership Project. Work would include creating greater public awareness of and demand for universal designed environments. The intent of universal design is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost.

$50K expected to be available, 1 award anticipated. Responses due 11/2/06 [ deadline]. For more info, contact William Hummel at contracts AT arts DOT gov or go to:

Notice of this comes from Solicitations an E-mail list.

If anyone you know would like to sign up to receive these funding newsletters, have them send an e-mail request to laurie DOT brown AT ceepinc DOT org. Include subscriber’s e-mail address in the body of the message.


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another engineering project needed

Here’s a description of why a better walker and cane are needed. (Let’s hear it for perceptive participant-observation!) One thing I’ve noticed locally is that almost no one has a cane of the proper length. How can one be assisted by, much less weaned off of, a device which is incorrectly sized? Worse, ill-fitted and ill-designed devices can cripple.

http://themomandmejournals.net/2005/10/heres-worthy-problem-for-engineers.html


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Virtual aging for living in a real world

When you visit the senior center is an attempt to raise awareness by the younger or able-bodied person [especially those in power] to see what older people in Bethel have to deal with at their senior center. The images are hosted by a friend at Visit Bethel Alaska’s Eddie Hoffman Senior Center.

There are suggestions there for obscuring vision or approximating a wheelchair on gravel, etc. that anyone can do to get a feeling for whether a building or service is either dangerous (fire exits, poor seating and lighting) or inadequate for other people. Some other checklists [see categories of postings] exist for assistive living facilities, but few if any for regular community facilities.

Another way to empathize came from finding a type of Internet search tool, http://www.answerbus.com/, which allows human type questions such as How to buy furniture appropriate for elderly people? The answer led to Continue reading ‘Virtual aging for living in a real world’

Algorithm as aid to improve seating

Someone else has been looking for information about making or modifying seating and furniture for older people. I tracked down this article, but it is unavailable to non-subscribers.

There is a need for a procedure or instructions for producing (or purchasing, High Seat Chairs – UK Furniture for the elderly) safe furniture. [see earlier, ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles and here, furniture [ES&H]] I once located a little software program ** which could calculate ergonomical designs for lifting, sitting, etc. But that isn’t sufficient or clear enough for the ordinary consumer or handyperson to use.

We could use up-to-date, cross-cultural anthropometric research, too.

If anyone finds a good resource, let us know, please.
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Painful result with new reycling bin

The wheelie bin in New Zealand is the same as the US huge Rubbermaid-type with two back wheels which many places use for curb-side pick-up of garbage.
Wheelie bin
23 July 2005 By LEIGH van der STOEP

An 87-year-old Browns Bay man has been left with permanent damage to his elbow and a ruptured artery after taking out his recycling wheelie bin, despite North Shore City reassurances the bins are safe for the elderly.

Tony Creasey spent a week in North Shore Hospital after falling two weeks ago while taking out the recycable waste in his new blue wheelie bin, issued by the city earlier this month.

“I had to get the bin up on the pavement and there was very little to put in it. When there’s very little to put in it, it’s very unstable. When I pushed it up on to the edge of the pavement it fell over and took me with it,” he says.
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But North Shore City maintained the bins were safer than the old blue recycling crates.
…steps have been taken to ensure the safety of the bins and various groups such as Grey Power were consulted before the new system was launched.

“As far as I’m concerned these pose less of an occupational and safety issue than carrying a heavy crate filled with glass bottles.”


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