Introduction to wheelchairs in developing countries
Review potential projects
|2||Wheelchair/Trike relay race around campus||
“Wheelchair Standards Organizing Committee Formed.” Whirlwind Wheelchairs International. Press Release, September 27, 2005.
Information Package on Wheelchairs. International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2005.
Winter, Amos G., V. “Assessment of Wheelchair Technology in Tanzania.” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering 2, no. 1 (Fall 2006): 60-77. (PDF)
2008 summer fellow presentations on last year’s projects
Guest speaker: Alison Hynd, MIT Public Service Center, on summer fellowships
Wheelchair sections in Werner, David. “Nothing About Us Without Us: Developing Innovative Technologies For, By, and With Disabled Persons.” (PDF - 4.0MB) (Courtesy of David Werner.)
2.007 lecture notes on design process (PDF) (Courtesy of Alex Slocum. Used with permission.)
Designing wheelchairs for the developing world
Deterministic design process
|Watch videos of wheelchair workshops|
|5||Guest Speaker: Joost Bonsen on developmental entrepreneurship||
Dolan, Robert J. “Note on Marketing Strategy.” Cambridge MA: Harvard Business School, 2000. Product No. 9-598-061.
|6||Guest speakers: Abdullah Munish and Fatuma Acan|
Independence through Mobility: A Guide to the Manufacture of the ATI-Hotchkiss Wheelchair (PDF - 1.6MB).
Note: You are not required to read the whole document, but skim to see what info may be useful for your project.
|8||Guest speaker: Amy Smith and Amy Banzaert - Appropriate technology, idea to product, successfully implementing technologies|
Discussion of different appropriate and inappropriate technologies
“Power of Persons with Disabilities, Advocacy and the Challenges” Guest talk by Maryan Amaral, Aero Inc.
Results from Tanzanian Wheelchair Foundation Study
|10||Wheelchair Biomechanics/Ergonomics and design for human use||Selections from Mayall, J. K, and G. Desharnais. Positioning in a Wheelchair. 2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated, 1995. ISBN: 9781556422515.|
|11||Power output test up ramp in basement|
|12||Manufacturing processes and strategies||Smillie, Ian. Mastering the Machine Revisited: Poverty, Aid and Technology. Bourton-on-Dunsmore, UK: ITDG Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 9781853395079.|
|13||Product design and critique of existing wheelchair designs|
|14||Material science/mechanics of materials/welding with Mike Tarkanian||Winter, Amos, and Ralf Hotchkiss. “Mechanical Principles of Wheelchair Design.” (PDF - 2.2MB)|
|15||Material science/mechanics of materials/welding with Mike Tarkanian|
|16||Watch “Murderball” in class||Murderball. Directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro. 2005|
|17||Finish “Murderball” and watch parts of “Emanuel’s Gift”||Emmanuel’s Gift. Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern. 2005.|
|18||Guest speaker: Ralf Hotchkiss, on his career and designing wheelchairs|
|19||Material properties and performance|
Guest Speaker: Prof. David Gordon Wilson on human-powered machines
Review wheelchair designs and how they contribute to body image
|21||Guest Speaker: Rory McCarthy on handcycle design and racing|
|23||Project work (cont.)|
|24||Project work (cont.)|
|25||Project work (cont.)|
|26||Project work (cont.)|
|27||Final presentation session|