Remap is a charity that helps disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs. Last year the charity helped over 3,500 people in this way and gave the equipment free of charge in every case. Recent award winning cases included:
Horse riding saddle support – a device that holds a small child with cerebral palsy securely in the saddle when horse riding.
Piano wrist support – a gadget to take the weight of the arm through a wrist support to help someone play the piano.
Sensor controls for wheelchair dancers - enabling wheelchair dancers to control the wheelchair from sensors attached to armbands and a headband. The chair moves in response to movement of the head or arm.
Eating aid for double amputees – a simple aid that enables amputees to eat independently while they are waiting for prosthetic limbs.
Cup holder for one-handed washing up – a simple device that holds a cup or mug still, in the sink, so you can wash it up using one hand.
The lorry bed - Remap volunteers made a bed for a one year old boy, based on a lorry design. The front swings open so he can get in and out by himself, as mum has fibromyalgia and can’t lift him.
Joystick for riser/recliner armchair – a riser/recliner armchair was converted from push-button control to joystick control. Made for James whose neurological condition meant he could not hold the original controller.
You can read more about these and other examples of Remap’s work on the website and there’s a contact page to help you find your nearest group. With over 70 groups across England and Wales there’s probably one near you. For more information, visit www.remap.org.uk or phone the national office on 01732 760209.
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