from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations (Work RERC)

From the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations (Work RERC) :


Congratulations go to Hotchkiss High School for winning a Work RERC-sponsored award for "Best Application of Universal Design Principles" as part of the National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC). 

The NEDC challenges high school students from across the country to design and build a workplace accommodation device to help a person with disabilities from their community. The Hotchkiss H.S. students won both the UD award and the overall competition for their design of "The Caboose" a hands-free method for people to transport their luggage while traveling for work. The device is a backpack like harness that attaches to a carry-on bag, allowing the user to tow the bag. Although initially designed for an individual who uses crutches, the students noted that it would also be useful for individuals with gripping difficulties, as well as people who were simply trying to hold on to too many items at once. More information about this article.

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