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Posted in our work, what really matters by hemmant jha on December 23, 2010

Kittens. Really?

Yes, they’re cute, but they’re killing us in the Pepsi Challenge. Good People, we need votes, and we need them now. If kittens don’t get you going, imagine driving something designed in the 1940s, for the 1940s. Everyday. I imagine our lives are very different from what they would have been in the 1940s, and our expectations from our tools for living, including those we use for mobility, are quite different as well.

Why are wheelchair users being made to live in the past? There are a lot of reasons for this, and we’re tackling these in our design for a new kind of wheelchair for people with spinal cord injury. Details here, and here.

Getting a product like this designed and out the door is an expensive process, and with this grant, we can build prototypes and go to user testing. Our winning this grant depends on how many votes we can get. Please get the word out. Votes can and should be cast every day, online at http://www.refresheverything.com/wheelwell and by texting 104725 to 73774.

To help get the word out, we’ve created some posters with our message. The format is small, the message condensed. Ideal for emailing to all your friends and connections. Perfect for printing and copying cheaply in black and white. Put them up in your building, your gym, your favorite coffee shop, your school and office, local dive bar, design studio, school, strip club, Whole Foods, or anyplace with foot traffic.

Click on poster to download. Distribute electronically. Make copies for your friends and colleagues. Spread the word.

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