CP is the most common motor disability in children. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Living with cerebral palsy can be challenging for the individual. Children with severe and mild cerebral palsy face a lot of difficulties in their day-to-day activities.
In this project, the brief was to study those difficulties and make design solutions to alleviate their living conditions by any means possible. When we look at low-income group families who have members with CP, we realize that it can have even more of an adverse effect on their life, since they can’t meet the need for infrastructure, physical therapy, and attention that is needed for children with CP. Limited resources make family members have makeshift arrangements for making their children sit, learn, communicate, and exercise. Obviously, this creates a lot of pain points that often remain unattended to. These pain points can stem from the environment of their homes and can end up affecting their health. A lack of attention towards proper furniture, therapy, ergonomics, etc can lead to contracture and deformity in children.
The focus was to design solutions that can help ease these pain points by doing user study, research, prototyping as well as testing on sites.
Cerebral Palsy, Design for special needs, Furniture, Low Cost, Product Design