- A man is changing lives with his invention
- A created a walker that allows physcially disabled kids the chance to "walk"
- He hopes to be able to create more to donate to the needy
A Cape Town man has come up with an invention that allows children with physical disabilities the chance to be mobile. The innovation works as a walker.
Derek Boshard has made it his personal mission to make the walkers as accessible as possible. He first came up with the idea when he was looking for a walker for his disabled daughter, Erin. She has a rare disorder called Dup15q. The condition affects neurological development.
The doting dad decided that instead of buying an expensive one, he would try to build one. Speaking to GoodThingsGuy.com, he said that the design took him a few years.
People have seen Erin in videos on Facebook, scooting around in a cute walker. The walkers make the child's legs stronger and give her freedom to move.
Boshard has since built walkers for other kids with physical disabilities. He said that he has been enundated with requests from parents and schools to make walkers for them. Seeing the growing need, he decided to invest in making it a business to supply affordable walkers.
He is hoping to raise funds so that he can set up a workshop to work efficiently and conveniently. His goal is to be able to donate some walkers to the needy.
“I have a potential order for 80 walkers in a rural environment, so I need to train up an apprentice and pay this person’s wages"
He is also investing time into new walker designs such as one for indoors and one for the beach.
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