Developing world given access to new off-road wheelchair
Disabled poor people around the developing world are being given the opportunity to purchase a groundbreaking new wheelchair which will allow them to traverse rough terrain in a way not previously possible for most.
Designed by a professor and former student of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Amos Winter, the much heralded Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) is being made available to people with mobility problems and little money for the equivalent of $200, which is much cheaper than the majority of other off-road devices on the market.
The comparative affordability of the chair – most wheelchairs with similar capabilities cost between $4,500 and $6,500 – has been praised by charities working in the countries in question, providing reliable transport for those who do not have access to new or used wheelchair cars like people in the UK do.
With hand-controlled levers allowing for more or less leverage for differing terrain on demand, the handy device is set to reach the western world before the end of the year.
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