Poolside Design Solution in India: Disability Research and Design Foundation

Disability Research and Design Foundation (DRDF) is an organization which ensures accessible environments by providing accessibility solutions, research, advocacy and awareness and thereby empowering people with disabilities with their rights and dignity as equitable members of our society. It amalgamates creative, technical and legal expertise of architects, engineers, lawyers, activists and people with disabilities to formulate unique solutions for an inclusive society for people with disabilities. 


 Bal Kalyan Sanstha Pune, is a Recreational and Cultural Centre for children with disabilities in the state of Maharashtra, India. In addition to recreational and sports facilities, the center has a swimming pool for children with disabilities. However the pool remains inaccessible for a certain section of children who need individual attention for their safety in the water. 

 Upon a need based request from Bal Kalyan Sanstha,DRDF has designed an assistive pool hoisting mechanism for children with disabilities to access the swimming pool. The machine allows children with disabilities to be immersed in a controlled fashion into the pool under the monitoring and supervision of a life guard who operates the boom using a simple mechanism. The assistive device owing to its simple non-motorized nature has low cost of operation and maintenance. 

 Cost of Project: Rs. 4,50,000/-

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