Office of Undergraduate Research

Design of a Climbing Wheelchair for Paraplegics

The objective of this research is to design a low cost wheelchair that can be used by paraplegics to go up and down stairs in their homes by themselves using this wheelchair. If successful this wheelchair would substantially increase mobility of paraplegics in their homes. It is believed that this wheelchair can be used by those paraplegics who have upper limb use and no significant decrements in their cognitive ability. The wheelchair design will utilize four wheels with three sturdy spokes that will assist in using the wheelchair in a stairway. The project will be conducted at UWM DRI and involves a multi-disciplinary team from CEAS and CHS.

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