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The Sustainable Mobility project of the Collaboratory empowers people living with a disability in rural West Africa to pursue educational and work opportunities and more fully participate in family and community life. Our electric, 3-wheeled, off-road wheelchair has transformed the lives of clients through partnerships with the Center for the Advancement of the Handicapped in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso, and the Center of Hope in Fada, Burkina Faso. Now, to reach more people in new locations and with more partners, Sustainable Mobility is working to reduce manufacturing time and cost by authoring image-driven fabrication guides to enable local fabricators to build trikes. We seek to put local fabricators to work building tricycles wherever they are needed.
Funding for this work provided by The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research.
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Sinsel, Joey; Glavin, Timothy M. Mr.; Bunch, Katie; Delate, Rachel; Rashford, Rachel; Meyer, John; and Vader, David T., "A Sustainable Mobility Solution for Persons Living with Disability in Burkina Faso" (2022). 2022 Collaboratory/Engineering Symposium. 3.