Dad Designs Cool Equipment For Kids
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 26, 2004
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND--After Tim Leadbitter's daughter, Sophie, was born with cerebral palsy, he started looking at the kind of equipment children like his daughter have available.
What Leadbitter found was that, while most walkers and wheelchairs are functional, the stark ugliness of their design cause children with such needs to look more out of place.
"If you have got a disabled child at school next to a normal child, you don't want them standing out with big, metallic, ugly equipment," the 33-year-old father told BBC News.
So the engineer, a graduate of Sunderland University, decided to come up with his own designs. One is a support seat on a walker frame that doubles as a toy pram (baby stroller).
His efforts have led him to start his own equipment design company, with the help of the university's business development team.
"I'm trying to get some of my products to look aesthetically pleasing as well as doing the job," he said.