Sadly, those with disabilities are often forced to live without one of the most defining human traits: independence. Some are able to regain it, some do but its not entirely realized, and still others are not.
AbleChair is a unique wheelchair designed to change exactly that. Its creators claim it offers “a revolutionary way to give people with disabilities the chance to regain such an important part of their lives.” But just what is it, and how is it different from conventional wheelchairs?
What Is AbleChair?
The AbleChair is not your average wheelchair.
AbleChair isn’t just a chair, its a system completely designed with independence in mind. For starters, it can tilt and recline allowing for some much needed position changes. The seat can also be elevated, allowing those seated to reach higher objects or obstacles or even to rest at a particular level. This is great, for example, when seated at a slightly elevated desk.
But the most important function of AbleChair is that it allows anyone within to swap to a standing position. It safely and comfortable supports them, allowing free range of movement. In addition, it provides gait therapy applications which encourages faster recovery or muscle strengthening. It’s not just a simulate action. In the gait training mode you’re actually walking, step-by-step. This alone offers a variety of health improvements including joint and bone development, improved lung function, better bowel and bladder function, better circulation and much more.
Moreover, the AbleChair might be much, much bigger than your average wheelchair but it also folds up better. This does wonders for transportation and travel as the chair can be loaded into a regular mini van with the seats taken out. There’s no need to attach a wheelchair trailer or mount to the back of the vehicle. Although, you can certainly still do that if you prefer.
AbleChair is available in several colors despite the orange and black model you see depicted. Users can order in navy blue, white, red, pink, red or all-black thus giving it a more personalized feel.
All-in all, it’s a much more functional setup than your average wheelchair and certainly lives up to the claim that it fosters independence.
Where Can I Get One?
As you can see, it has many uses beyond just getting around.
This is a wheelchair or disability device we’re talking about here, so you can’t just visit a local store and pick one up.
To help fund the project, Advanced Fitness Components LLC — the company behind AbleChair — previously launched a Kickstarter campaign. While the campaign has concluded, it was successful which means it should be available to purchase soon, if all goes well. The first units are estimated to go out to backers sometime between October and November, 2019. Retail price is estimated to be about $14,995, but early backers were able to buy-in for a discounted price.