In-Tent-Ionally Accessbile Tent and Vestibule for People With and Without Disabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2001-33610-10458
Agency Tracking Number: 2001-00312
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
540 Fairview Ave. N., Ste 207, St Paul, MN, 55104
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dianne Goodwin
 (651) 603-0828
Business Contact
 Diane Goodwin
Title: President
Phone: (651) 603-0828
Research Institution
Rural communities benefit economically from revenues generated by outdoor recreationists. Participation in outdoor recreation provides numerous physical, social and health benefits. This project could increase the numbers of people who camp, and bring in revenue to rural areas by offering improved accessibility to campers with disabilities. Tents and vestibules are relatively inaccessible to people who use wheelchairs. The proposed vestibule will transform a tent into a universally accessible "home away from home" for rural and urban Americans with disabilities. The accessible vestibule will enable individuals to quickly and independently get in out of the rain and store their wheelchair in a dry space without bringing it into the tent. It also provides an area for an accessible, private toilet/commode. The vestibule allows easy, zipperless access via an accessible door. Inside the vestibule, there will be enough headroom for people in wheelchairs to sit upright, for others to assist in transfers, and there will be room to maneuver the chair. A secondary application for the vestibule will be to provide a stand-alone, accessible, private shelter for a commode in a group camping situation. Access to the countless benefits of outdoor recreation will be available to many more Americans.

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