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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:

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Wheelchairs given design makeover

I’d like to see more real-world testing. Britain used to have 3-wheeled cars for the handicapped which were eventually banned as too dangerous. Ditto for ATVs (4-wheelers when they were 3-wheelers).

By Geoff Adams-Spink
Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website

Mike Spindle decided to redesign the wheelchair from scratch
A designer who has spent most of his career working on parts for Formula One cars has come up with a new, off-road wheelchair.

The Trekinetic K2 dispenses with the old tubular chassis and uses a carbon fibre monocoque instead….

The K2 has three wheels – two large ones at the front that can take mountain bike tyres – and a smaller one at the back.

The company says it is ideally suited for off-road use but can be just as useful in towns and cities too.

The wheels have an easily adjustable camber so that the chair can have a slimmer profile for going through doorways and a wider – and more stable – 24 degree camber for outdoor activities….

Read the rest including previous related stories and websites


ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles

ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles

I’m having trouble locating design principles or guidelines for making, modifying, or buying furniture suitable to the elderly and frail.

Like many senior centers in rural areas, I’m sure furniture for elders is usually castoffs. (We have an especially niggardly program) But furniture of the wrong design can be dangerous, contributing to fractures, vessel and muscle injuries, stroke, etc.

We also have a population of people of genetically short-stature, unique physique (not average Euro-American) people for whom the typical furniture is not appropriate.

So, if people want to purchase, modify, or build ourselves furniture, what guidelines should we follow?

Thank you.

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 10:44:35 -0500
From: ABLEDATA Resource Center on Accessible Housing and Universal Design!
Subject: Re: furniture design principles

Hello Dr. B,

The ABLEDATA project is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education, to provide information resources about assistive devices and rehabilitation equipment products for people with disabilities for the purpose of aiding people in finding needed items. However, we, unfortunately, do not have available the kind of guidelines you are seeking.

You might find some assistance through the following organizations:

Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access
378 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture & Planning
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3087
(716) 829.3485 extension 329
(716) 829.3758
(716) 829.3861
idea AT

College of Design
North Carolina State University
50 Pullen Road, Brooks Hall, Room 104
Campus Box 8613
Raleigh, NC. 27695-8613
toll-free : 800.647.6777
ph. 919.515.3082
fax. 919.515.7330
E-mail: cud AT

Alaska Assistive Technology Project
Department of Education
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Assistive Technologies of Alaska
1016 West 6th St., Suite 205
Anchorage, AK 99501
V: 800/478-4378 (in state only); 907/269-3570.
TTY: 800/898-0138 (in state only); 907/563-0153.
Fax: 907/269-3632.
E-mail: james_beck AT

In addition, the following company specializes in products for individuals of short stature:

Adaptive Living
4981 SE Sterling Circle
Stuart, FL 34997
561-781-6153, 561-781-9179 Fax

Katherine Belknap
Project Director


Wheelchair design looks to the South

Wheelchair design looks to the South [read it all]
20 February 2004 Source: New Scientist

In the West, a wheelchair user needs to get from car to building. In the developing world it’s a different story rough terrain, unpaved roads and diverse cultural and practical needs, all demanding considerable ingenuity in chair design.

In this interview, Ralf Hotchkiss a wheelchair designer and user relates how insights from counterparts in South America, Africa and other developing regions revolutionised his understanding of what disabled people there face, and need.

Hotchkiss has designed cheap, custom-made wheelchairs for people ranging from disabled Zambian footballers to women in rural African villages. He also actively promotes indigenous wheelchair design and manufacture in developing countries, and teaches many Third World designers who subsequently bring their know-how home.

from the great SciDev Net (for grassrooted scientists)



I would love to help develop this, but grants aren’t made to individuals.

from WHAT’S UP – October 15, 2008
Compiled Weekly by Peg Tileston On behalf of the Alaska Women’s Environmental Network (AWEN), Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE), and Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA)

*November 21
Deadline for proposal submission for THE EPA BUILD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES FOR ACTIVE AGING GRANTS. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award in early 2009, two grants for $100,000 each to train older adults to be environmental leaders and demonstrate how greenways and sustainable streets can improve the environment, human health and the quality of life for persons of all ages. Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Training and Demonstration Projects must include a strategy that either 1) trains older adults to be environmental leaders on local planning decisions that affect their community’s built environment; or 2) demonstrates how greenways and sustainable streets can improve the quality of life for persons of all ages while improving environmental quality. For purposes of this RFP Greenways and Sustainable Streets are defined as follows: Greenways are linear corridors of open space. They include natural corridors (e.g., along a stream, river, or ridge), canals, rail road rights of way converted to recreational use, and trails. They link places together, inviting city and community residents to experience a connection with the natural environment. Greenways connect neighborhoods, downtowns, schools, community centers, and other important public places. They can include waterfront walkways, stream corridors and other natural ecological reserves, as well as off-street biking and walking paths. Sustainable Streets are a multimodal rights-of-way designed and operated to create benefits to mobility, community and ecology. They are streets that use sustainable design principles that promote safe, least-polluting ways to connect people and incorporate natural, landscape-based methods that infiltrate, reuse, or evaportranspirate (allow water to evaporate back into the air) stormwater runoff, and mitigate the “urban heat island effect” (the additional heating in the air over a city as the result of replacement of vegetated surfaces with those composed of heat-retaining, man-made materials such as asphalt and dark colored roofing). Eligible entities include States, or state agencies, the District of Columbia, territories, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the U.S. It is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations. For more information, go to

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