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.
Individuals with lower limb impairments, in a long run, rely much on wheelchairs and/or crutches to cope with daily life. Increase in loading on the upper extremity leads to shoulder and arm muscle strains and persistent pain. This wall-mounted fitness equipment is designed to be practical and also beautiful. Special needs individuals can easily carry out muscle stretching and training at home with it so as to relieve muscle stiffness and soreness. The easy-to-install components can be individually assorted to set various forms targeting different body parts. Together with resistance bands of different levels, the equipment can be used to stretch and strengthen various key muscles.