People with autism or other chronic diseases generally are prone to sensory physical and disorders. They are particularly sensitive or insensitive to light, col-our, sound, touch, etc. and hence, their daily lives are greatly affected. Realising that good designs help improve lives, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) students join hands with special needs members and occupational therapists from St. James' Settlement to co-design and co-create several innovative and appealing furniture and healthcare equipment to bring positive life changes.
This physiotherapy equipment is specially designed for special needs individuals suffering from stiffness and contracture in the upper extremity. This pull-down ma-chine is designed to be practical, user-friendly, safe and stylish. Practical - special needs individuals can easily carry out muscle stretching and training at home with it, strengthening the wrist and arm muscles and enhance the flexibility of upper limbs. The installation is attached to the ceiling. To begin, grab a handle of the pull-down machine in each hand, then pull the attached rope down with one hand, fully stretch the other hand while firmly grasping the handle, switch sides and repeat.