Imagine this: tomorrow morning, you pick out your shoes, socks, pants, jacket, and handbag. Then you walk to your wardrobe and take out your t-shirt. Your one t-shirt, the same one you wore all last week, and it's gray. Every day, you and I dress ourselves as a method of self-expression; our choices in apparel give us a voice to others before we even say a word. So why is it that our disabled loved ones must be robbed of that voice?

What it does

America the Accessible is about freeing people with disabilities to express themselves. The initial model is -- simply put -- clip-on aesthetic trim for walkers. A little girl can have plates with lego characters, batman, and barbie, and clip on whatever she wants to wear to school that day; Grandpa can have oak trim to compliment his navy suit when he leaves the house. The model demonstrated today is in anticipation of the memorial day holiday, and includes red and white coloring, and blue light-up trim. Future models will be fun, festive, and fashionable.

How I built it

The prototype has 3d printed clips attached to laser-cut press board that clip on to any standard walker, regardless of height adjustment or wheel selection. An arduino mega powers the lights and pressure sensor. Overall: solder, paint, programming, and hot glue, hot glue, hot glue.

Challenges I ran into

Plenty, but nothing that Adam wasn't able to help me through.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

First time with arduino, first 3d print, first laser cut. Heck yes.

What I learned

I heard some of the daily struggles of those with disabilities and a lot about hackathons

What's next for America the Accessible

  • Professional, trim for walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs
  • Fashion trim designs including wood, sports teams, and holiday designs
  • Inexpensive, injection-molded or premium hand-carved parts

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