Naidex is Europe’s largest disability and independent living event and will take place at the NEC on 25th and 26th April.
We are delighted that Dr Ross Head from our Innovation Centre (CIC) has been asked to speak at such a high profile event. His seminar will take the form of a case study review of three CIC products: a seated tandem surfboard; triathlon equipment which enables a young girl to participate with her father; a horse riding helmet for a young man with unique head shape. He will also be giving an overview of some the great products his team design and make.
The event is completely free to attend and you can find out more and book your place here.
You can also follow the event on social media #WeAreAble.
Ross graduated in Product Design BSc with first class honours in 2001, and subsequently a PhD in Digital Design Methodology and Glass Product Design at Swansea Metropolitan University. He then became one f the founding members of staff for Cerebra Innovation Centre, whilst lecturing part time within FADE.
Dr Head has expertise in all areas of Product Design, specifically but not limited to design for children with additional needs including R&D, ergonomic studies for children with differing postural and dimensional needs, CAD, field testing, prototyping and manufacture.
He also liaises with industry partners to secure licensing agreements and develop manufactured products.
Furthermore, Dr Head was involved as Company Supervisor for a PhD scholar under the KESS scheme. This revolved around data capture for product concept design for children with additional needs.
Eve and her rocket shelf
The Cerebra Innovation Centre recently designed these rocket shelves. This cool piece of equipment was originally designed for a young boy, to help his mum who has to transport numerous medical machines whilst transferring him from room to room.
They were styled to suit a child’s bedroom and be more like a child’s toy rather than looking dull and medical. They feature 3 shelves, space to store an oxygen bottle, a 4 socket extension lead so all the machines are plugged in and you only need one wall socket, and 4 omnidirectional wheels so it can be moved around effortlessly. Additionally, there is ample space to wind wires and store bits and bobs.
Since the team at the Innovation Centre first started making the shelves, there have been many happy children and parents that have benefited from the design, including Eve. She and Dad Steven are currently testing out the rocket shelves and sent us these gorgeous pictures.
The rocket shelf
Steven said: “It’s amazing THANK you so much I will send more pictures as we go on amazing.”
Heidi and Tim also had a rocket shelf for their little one Charlotte, and we were so pleased when Heidi sent us in this lovely feedback.
Heidi says “The shelving unit is working out great for us and easily stores all her machinery and medical items, fitting well into the bedroom space.
The fact it is on wheels is great as we have to change her ventilators weekly which means needing easy access to the back of the machines which the wheels and open backing provides for”
Thank you to everyone for the wonderful feedback on our rocket shelves.
If our Innovation Centre can help you and your family just get in touch on email@example.com.
The Cerebra Innovation Centre has helped lots of families with their designs over the years.
From items which have everyday applications such as the Oxy-gem and the GoTo Seat, to their larger projects such as the Surfboard and Triathlon equipment which have helped children like Poppy achieve their dreams.
We want to celebrate all of our fabulous families with our new social media campaign – #FamilyFriday! Every Friday we’re going to dedicate our newsfeeds across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to all our families – whether you’ve been helped by the CIC or not.
We need your help! Share your positive pictures on any of our social media channels using the hashtags #FamilyFriday #CIC #CerebraInnovationCentre and we will post as many as as we can!
As well as celebrating the positivity of our community, we also want to highlight the great work that the team at the Innovation Centre does. Also they are always looking for new challenges so if you have an idea for a piece of equipment that would benefit your child, or have a problem that you think they may be able to come up with a solution for, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These cool shelves were designed for a young boy and to help his mum who has to transport numerous medical machines whilst transferring him from room to room. They have been styled to suit a child’s bedroom and be more like a child’s toy rather than looking dull and medical! They feature 3 shelves, space to store an oxygen bottle, a 4 socket extension lead so all the machines are plugged in and you only need one wall socket, and 4 omnidirectional wheels so it can be moved around effortlessly. Additionally there is ample space to wind wires and store bits and bobs!
Our aim was to create a fun and colourful alternative to the stainless steel apparatus currently offered to children needing any portable medical equipment such as food pumps or intravenous drips. Having one of these next to a hospital bed would brighten the day of any young patients. So far we’ve prototyped a giraffe, rocket and a tree but the possibilities are endless! Maybe we should make a dinosaur next?
Created in partnership with Surfability UK and Roger Cooper, our surfboard was designed for children with limited mobility and brain conditions. It allowing wheelchair-bound adrenaline junkies to get out of their chairs and onto the water. The tandem design includes a supportive seat for the child and plenty of space on the back for an experienced surfer to steer it in the right direction. They have been a great success providing endless hours of fun to thrill-seeking children who could not otherwise experience the benefits and thrill of catching waves.
“He’s like the king of the sea. He can sit back relax and ride the wave. It’s amazing and opens up so many options, not just for Kai, but for other children with disabilities.”
Our surfboard can be used and enjoyed at all of these great surf schools:
We were approached by a school on behalf of a young man called Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee was unable to participate in their weekly horse riding sessions as the riding centre didn’t have a helmet that would fit Tommy’s unique head shape. So we worked on designing and making this bespoke riding helmet; enabling Tommy to take part in riding lessons with his friends.
The helmet was not only comfortable but safe, and thanks to the generosity of the British Standard Institute (BSI) it’s certified too, passing the VG1 Equestrian helmet tests.
Our Surf Access Vehicle (SAV) allows disabled people to access the sea. One or more instructors can control the chair, and there are numerous other points around the chair to help move the SAV over rough terrain, slippery ground or inclines. The SAV is designed to sink into the water so the back rest can lie flat, meaning the surfer can slide off backwards and directly onto the surfboard. Alternatively, the board and surfer can lie prone on the platform and then simply slide straight off and into the water.
We’re busy working on these pages, check back soon.
In 2016 we made Poppy’s dream come true by designing and making all of the equipment she needed to take her and dad Rob to the finish line of the Cardiff Triathlon in style. Despite being born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, Poppy is a determined character and a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie! Huge thank you to everyone that helped us make these cool and unique products a reality, and make Poppy’s dreams come true.