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Disability Resources Group Fall 2013
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{{group |group=Mobility |summary= The Disability Resources Group develops appropriate solutions that enable and empower persons with physical disabilities to fully participate in society. Initially formed as the Mobility Group, the sole focus in the founding years was to provide appropriate transportation technologies for persons living with disabilities in the developing world. The present name was adopted in 2007 as project work expanded to address a wider array of issues faced by persons with disabilities. At present, The Disability Resources Group is working with partner organizations located in Burkina Faso & Mali, West Africa.


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  • To provide appropriate solutions that enable and empower persons with physical disabilities to fully participate in society.

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  • To demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by bringing hope and transformation to marginalized members of society.

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The Disability Resources Group meets in Frey 45 at 6:45 PM every Monday night following Collaboratory Chapel.

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In Burkina Faso, work is progressing on the Tricycle Project at the Handicapes en Avant Rehabilitation center in the rural village of Mahadaga. Students and local fabricators are working on design and manufacturing improvements to an existing hand powered tricycle that is used by disabled persons in Mahadaga and surrounding villages. At the same time, an electric tricycle is being developed to meet the transportation needs of more severely disabled individuals who are unable to use hand powered tricycles.

The Africa WASH and Disabilities Study team, in partnership with World Vision Mali and the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI), conducted a three-year assessment of the access and use of water and sanitation facilities by disabled and elderly persons. The team developed simple, low-cost alternatives to improve access to wells and latrines in Mali and provided recommendations to World Vision Mali and WAWI to ensure that their facilities will be accessible to all. The project is in the initial phases of its expansion to Niger and Ghana.

The Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia sees many patients each year with breathing problems, primarily due to tuberculosis stemming from HIV/AIDS infection. Patients often require supplemental oxygen, which can be administered via oxygen concentrating machines. Oxygen concentrators take ambient air and separate out oxygen in the air by removing nitrogen. These machines and replacement parts are readily available in the U.S. at relatively low cost, but much more expencive in Macha due to shipping and logistics. Oxygen concentrators employed at Macha Hospital typically have short life spans due to heavy use and environmental conditions such as dust and humidity. Our client at Macha Hospital wishes for us to come up with a solution to increase the lifespan of these devices with a minimal increase in cost and maintenance.

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For more detailed project information & documentation please follow the links in the Current Projects section above.

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