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Students from Hereward College Give Advice on Wheelchair Design

  • Synopsis: Published: 2013-03-21 (Rev. 2013-08-01) - Chair4Life has a seat which goes up and down enabling disabled children to be at the same height as their friends. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Hereward College.

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Quote: "You're at the same height with other people so you don't feel intimidated by people standing over you."

Last week, the Renfrew Group visited Hereward College in order to exhibit their latest product called Chair4Life.

Chair4Life is a new wheelchair designed for young people.

The chair, has a seat which goes up and down, enabling disabled children to be at the same height as their friends.

The Renfrew Group who specialize in motorbikes were asked by the NHS to come up with the design prototype which is hoped to go into full production.

The design firm from Leicester, which has worked on Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Triumph motorbikes has recently unveiled their latest creation at Hereward College where students have advised the designers about the chair design and functionality.

Some comments from students were:

"Sometimes I don't get noticed and I have to shout really loud in order to get people's attention. With this chair, because the seat goes up and down, it's an advantage."

"You're at the same height with other people so you don't feel intimidated by people standing over you."

Hereward College is a general further education college located in Coventry. It offers inclusive provision with specialist facilities and services for students with a wide range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Hereward College has been awarded with Investors in People 'Gold', Matrix Standard and is a Mindful Employer. It is the only College in Coventry which was awarded with a 'Good' grade by Ofsted.

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Further information is available at www.hereward.ac.uk

Related Information:

  1. Highest Standard of Care at Hereward College - Care Quality Commission - Hereward College high standards of care have been recognized in a report by the Care Quality Commission official regulator of health and social care in England - (Published 2012-11-25).
  2. JACO Robotic Arm Tested by Hereward College Students - Students at Hereward College are road testing one of the only robotic arms in the UK - (Published 2012-06-04).
  3. Hereward College SmartPhone App - The app from Hereward College was developed to easily engage with learners and give them a feel of what it is like to be a student at Hereward - (Published 2012-09-25).




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