Some University of Evansville students made a unique donation today, an aquatic wheelchair. They even built it themselves.
The pool at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center is an invaluable resource for people there. So the aquatic wheelchair will help break down the barriers, and enable more people to utilize the pool space for therapy.
It was designed and now donated by a group of UE mechanical engineering students.
The 10-person team spent months testing and refining the chair. They tell us it overcomes several obstacles that Easter Seals has experienced with commercially-available water wheelchairs and for the students, that's been the rewarding part.
That definitely did push us to continue working harder to make sure we got it done because that was our main goal- to make sure that we had something done and delivered to them that they could use said Kenneth Kaufmann, University of Evansville.
Anne Greenfield said, "I firmly believe that everyone should have access to this pool because it's made such a remarkable difference in my life."
The aquatic wheelchair will be used daily. Not just by people doing therapy, but also for water aerobics and open swim.
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