Sunday, 29 May 2016

Mobility

I was yesterday at the Support Expo in the Netherlands and was amazed again by all the inventions that people who have lost of whatever reason, their mobility.



We looked at new things for our daughter. It was a special day for her. She has her drivers licence already for two years, and only recently she bought a car. A Renault Twingo with a hoisting mechanism to put her mobility scooter inside her car without lifting a finger. Her gas and brake pedal are adjusted as well. Anyway she drove herself and her service dog to Utrecht for the first time. A little scary on the road, if you miss two years of experience, but hey, she did it!

And now she was able to see the Expo all by herself and to make her own priorities. Independence!
Anyway it was a nice day. We did see many interesting things, worth looking into more. I came today across this video. Except for these models:



Toyota makes a far more interesting model. It's a the iBOT that was invented by the famous inventor Dean Kamen. He explains in this video:



And I don't know about you, but it warms my heart that big companies like Toyota take part in making the world a more mobile place, especially for those who come home from Utrecht tired and say: Yeah, it did it myself.

Like my little girl.

6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful day for your 'little girl'....bless her and her family...what we take for granted, such an important milestone for her. Hugs, abby

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    1. It really was a special day for all of us. I remember some years ago walking to the service dog stand and thinking "Well that would be wonderful" and now she has one. I remember two years ago we walked to the cars stand with adjustments and now she drove herself...

      It was a special day,
      Han

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  2. So very happy for your daughter, Han! It makes me happy to see all the inventions created to help those with mobility issues be more self sufficient. Tired but happy...couldn't ask for anything better could you. ;) BTW...you and Wanita should be very proud that you've helped instill and foster that independence.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. The Support Expo is the only fair where people with wheelchairs all drive without problems their wheelchair, because everybody know what problems they have in other surroundings...
      My daughter loves to go, if only for that reason..

      And yes, it's your job as a parent to make your child as independent, confident and two feet on the ground as possible.
      And it's sooooo cool if you see it happen!

      There's nothing better than being a parent.

      Han

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  3. And more will come, Han.
    I think more will understand how development is needed.
    Yes, Han, she did it , like she will do many other " impossible" things in future.
    You have a strong daughter , Han.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. Yes, she strong, you are so right Mona Lisa. And I do hope that the major companies take their responsibility and produce things for a small market.

      Just because it makes all the difference in the world to those that use them.

      Han

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