he project tackles an issue that faces the wheelchairs’ users. They can't overcome a curb when there is no ramp. The main objective of the project is to develop an assistive device for conventional wheelchairs to climb curbs. The working methodology includes reviewing, investigating, improving and building an effective design. The team consists of one mechanical engineer, two mechanical engineering students, a business administration graduate, and a high school student. Design constraints have been developed based on the requirement of the co-designer and other functional aspects. Two conceptual designs have been developed and explained in this report. Both designs are mechanical design. The project will continue in designing and developing an effective assistive device for wheelchair users to climb curbs. The following DI Design Signature shows how the project is proceeding so far.
Fahad, a soldier in the military, has gone through a life-changing accident in 2013. This accident has paralyzed his lower body and hindered him from being able to walk again. After the accident, Fahad has gone through intensive care of physical therapy sessions and surgical procedures. Fahad did not let this accident stop him, and has quickly adapted to his new life. He became a professional wheelchair basketball player. Fahad is also a wheelchair trainer for manual wheelchairs to allow its users to travel more independently. While Fahad has successfully managed to become more independent, he often faces some difficulties traveling around in public due to its lack of accessibility. Climbing curbs was one of his main obstacles as many public institutions do not provide ramps or other accessible paths. As he managed to make his private environment accessible, he wishes the same for the public so mobility users can be more independent.