Tricycle for boy without arms

Project  / Project number: DB-110-06 2008  /  Status:

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The challenge

Tricycle for boy without armsRonan is a 12 year old boy with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, as a result of which he is profoundly deaf, has learning difficulties and has only vestigial arms. His parents thought a cycle would be very good for him.

A tricycle was designed and built to be adjustable to cater for his size as he grows, using parts from a trekbike, a wheelchair and several components donated by Raleigh Industries. Steering is accomplished by leaning sideways against the seat sides; braking by pushing his head back against the headrest and gear changing by using the inside of his thighs.

Ronan is having some difficulty in mastering the techniques necessary to control the cycle but his parents are convinced thathe will benefit from the experience and enjoy riding it.

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