TORONTO, Ont. – With just a few days left until Canada’s largest disability exhibition returns to Toronto, the team behind the People in Motion show are preparing for their most advanced exhibition yet. Guests will be able to preview some of the most contemporary devices that are helping to better the lives of people with disabilities and mobility issues.
“It is truly fantastic to see some of these gadgets in action,” says People in Motion Show Manager Sajid Rahman. “From ground-breaking wheelchairs and power chairs, to inventive stair systems for seniors and gliders for persons with disabilities, it’s truly inspiring to learn about the impact these devices have on the everyday lives of people with disabilities – many of which you have to see operating to believe!”
With several ingenious products to be showcased at the exhibition this year, People in Motion has rounded up a list of their top must-see technology at this year’s show.
SoftWheel by Permobil – Be sure to take in this demonstration. SoftWheel is a revolutionary wheel that helps wheelchair users cruise easily down and up stairs, jump off curbs and navigate rougher terrain – all without the impact that often comes with the traditional wheel. This new wheel technology makes for a much easier, smoother and less painful ride for people in wheelchairs.
StairSteady – Perfect for the aging loved one in your life, StairSteady, manufactured in Canada by Hillz Tech Ltd, is a simple and effective system that can help elderly seniors regain mobility and independence. Consisting of a rail and moving handle that folds neatly away when not in use, StairSteady allows a person to climb stairs safely and comfortably all on their own, helping to prevent falls and giving you and your family some peace of mind.
Motion Specialties’ Firefly GoTo Seat by Leckey – The only product of its kind to be approved for use by major Canadian airlines WestJet and Air Canada, the new GoTo Seat is the ideal adjustable seat for kids with mild-to-moderate postural needs and support. The GoTo Seat can be used on carts, swings, dining chairs and even on some planes, offering families more confidence, options and comfort while travelling.
Gliders – Yes, as in aircrafts! Freedom’s Wings Canada offers people with disabilities a unique opportunity to fly. From Inspirational glider flights to flight training programs, Freedom’s Wings Canada strives to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities by providing a physically and intellectually exciting and challenging introduction to flight. Unlike conventional aircrafts and gliders which are controlled using foot pedals, a 'rudder stick' duplicates the control inputs of a typical rudder pedal. The gliders are equipped with Transport Canada approved hand controls for a uniquely all-hand control operation.
“The benefits and possibilities are endless with these apparatuses,” adds Rahman. “It is incredible to see just how far technology has come, and in turn, how much the lives of people with disabilities have improved as a result.”
To see some of these fascinating pieces of technology in action, be sure to stop by The People in Motion Show taking place May 26 and 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place at 190 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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