New Independence for People with Disabilities
People with disabilities have limited access to many man-made and natural environments, ranging from houses that are inaccessible to beaches that pose difficult challenges to wheelchair navigation. At the same time, growing populations of seniors and people with disabilities are seeking access to all facets of community life, with complete dignity and integrity whenever possible.
That’s where Dr. Jaimie Borisoff, Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation Engineering Design, enters the picture. Rehabilitation engineering design research aims to identify needs and create new technologies that address those needs, ultimately improving health, expanding activities of daily living and fostering community participation for people with disabilities.
He has already developed wheelchairs that let people adjust sitting positions to suit particular activities, and is now developing an integrated staircase that will not only promote the use of stairs, but enable inclusive usage by people in wheelchairs.
Borisoff is also creating other solutions for unmet needs and hopes to increase the availability of more useful products for people with disabilities. The goal is to expand daily activities and improve participation and interaction within the community.