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Duracot

DuraCot

A portable changing table intended for a caretaker to change the diaper of a child with cerebral palsy in a public restroom stall.

A mother of a son with cerebral palsy needed a way to change her son's diaper in public restrooms.

The DuraCot is a functional changing surface that is portable, and intuitive for any caretaker to assemble.

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inControl

inControl

A video game controller designed for patients who have hemiplegia, or paralysis on one of the body.

A recreational therapist observed that patients with hemiplegia have trouble playing video games with a controller designed for two hands.

A team of students designed a controller by mapping both joysticks to the user’s functioning hand.

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Flip

Flip

A cutting board with a side storage bin that can double as a cutting board when flipped.

A team of students found that home chefs have difficulty using cutting boards due to limited countertop space.

Flip offers a space for the user to cut their food and push the items they are saving or discarding into a bin.

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The Alligator Tail

The Alligator Tail

A V-shaped aluminum rail that hooks onto the axle of a wheelchair.

New wheelchair users risk falling backward while learning how to perform a wheelie, a critical skill for navigating in a wheelchair.

While The Alligator Tail is attached, the user will be safely caught if they tip back beyond their point of balance.

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Lambs Locker

Lambs Locker

User-friendly lockers designed for the needs of adults with developmental disabilities

Undergraduate students developed a solution to help developmentally disabled residents at Lambs Farm access their personal possessions.

The students collaborated on an 18-cabinet, nearly hands-free system.

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Sensing Stroller

A stroller that integrates electronic sensors to improve safety.

More than 17,000 children under the age of 5 are rushed to emergency rooms annually for stroller-related injuries.

Kids In Danger, a non-profit organization in Chicago, challenged four Northwestern students to design a safer stroller.

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Roll N Wash

A wheelchair-activated foot pedal to turn on sinks at the Shedd Aquarium.

The Shedd Aquarium needed a wheelchair accessible temporary hand washing station outside of its stingray touch exhibit.

Student engineers created a wheel-chair activated foot pedal to turn on water at these temporary sinks.

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The Slider

A specialized cup for rehabilitation patients who have difficulty swallowing.

Tackling dysphagia after a traumatic brain injury or a stroke.

The Slider is a student-designed specialized cup for patients at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago who have dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing.

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