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UC Davis Student Engineering Team Develops Revolutionary New Bike for Quadriplegic Conditions

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We’ve been working with a UC Davis student engineering team for about 11 months on the development of a revolutionary piece of adaptive equipment. Last year we approached Professor Jason K. Moore, PhD (UC Davis) to help us develop a 100% electric recumbent trike for individuals with quadriplegic conditions. This could be anyone from a veteran, to someone with ALS, MS, SMA, CP, Parkinson’s, post stroke, or a Spinal Injury.

The student engineering team of 8 is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of students in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and computer science. Their goal is to create a recumbent trike that can be controlled by alternative technology. What makes this project unique is that all of the students are having to work together to customize a specific solution to a broad-spectrum of individual quadriplegic conditions. The reason we are sharing this information with you, is we feel the project we are conducting can be replicated all around the world.

The following links will give you more information regarding what we are building:

Prototype: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dVEEcq944o
Outrider USA: https://outriderusa.com/pages/riders-with-als

The ability to move freely and independently outdoors significantly impacts one’s sense of self, independence, community and family connectedness – being able to seamlessly blend in, not to mention the basic need, of fresh air, sunshine, and a sense of freedom and oneness with nature. It provides individuals with the basic freedoms many non-disabled members of the community can enjoy without thought. For someone who lives with significant mobility challenges on daily basis, just having this one basic human freedom to own and look forward to drives a sustained interest and passion for living.

There are 250,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the U.S alone, 47% of whom are considered quadriplegic. Furthermore, most of the 30,000 Americans with ALS will at some point experience quadriplegia. There are even more people, when you consider amputees and those with birth defects, who would benefit from this advancement in assistive technology.

To receive additional information, please contact us.

Sincerely,

Disability Reports Support Team
support@disabilityreports.org

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