KAYAK MODIFICATIONS FOR THE DISABLED

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$30,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
7659
Agency Tracking Number:
7659
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 71, Etna Road, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
WILLIAM E. NUTT
ENGINEER
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE SEVERE LOWER BODY DISABILITIES. THESE PEOPLE ARE CUT OFF FROM MANYOF THE ACTIVITIES OF SOCIETY. IN NO AREA IS THIS MORE TRUETHAN IN THE AREA OF PHUSICAL RECREATION. THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED ARE LIMITED, AND WITH FEW EXCEPTION IS KAYAKING. AS AN UPPER BODY SPORT, IT OFFERS THOSE WITH LOWER BODY INJURIES NOT ONLY A CHANCE TO PARTICI-PATE, BUT A CHANCE TO PARCIPATE WITH THE ABLE-BODIED, AND PERHAPS THE POSSIBILITY OF COMPETING WITH THE NON-DISABLED HOWEVER, THE EQUIPMENT TO ALLOW THIS IS NOT AVAILABLE. SPEC-IALIZED SEATING AND BRACING IS NEEDED, BUT HAS YET TO BE DEVELOPED. THEREFORE, WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP BOLT-IN SEATINGRETROFITS FOR COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE KAYAKS. THESE RETRO- FITS WILL BE DESIGNED TO SIMULATE THE UPPER-BODY-TO-KAYAK RELATIONSHIP THAT EXISTS FOR THE ABLE-BODIED. THE FEASIBILITY OF THE CONCEPT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED DURING PHASE I BY DESIGNING, FABRICATING, AND TESTING A PROTOTYPE RETROFIT FOR ONE DISABILITY. IN PHASE II WE WILL DEVELOP RETROFITS FOR A WIDER RANGE OF LOWER BIDY DISABILITIES, AND DEVELOP SUITABLE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES. COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE. WE ANTICIPATE THAT BOAT MANUFAC- ING RETROFITS WITH THEIR LINE OF KAYAKS.

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