Category: Perceptual Motor

Bed Hoyer Lift

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The Bed Hoyer Lift is a prototype designed for those individuals with multiple sclerosis and wheelchair users to get in and out of bed efficiently and effectively. Existing solutions are expensive and require her to anchor a lift into the ceiling of her bedroom and depending on a caregiver is not always reliable. The problem affects Victoria's ability to get to school. The new lift functions like a hoyer lift which allows her to lift herself up from her bed, maneuver to her side, and transfer herself to her wheelchair. It involves a pad that connects to the lift frame and a hydraulic or electric pump that is used to lift the person out of and into the bed.


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Team Victoria | Bed Hoyer Lift

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TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers
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TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers is a global online marketplace of communities connecting Makers and people with disabilities developing open-source solutions for everyday challenges of people with disabilities.

TOM is a Tel Aviv–based start-up and initiative of the Reut Group, with a mission to provide folks living with disabilities— about a billion people worldwide—with affordable technology that helps them better navigate life’s challenges. Since 2014, the group has been connecting designers, developers, engineers, and makers with “need-knowers,” or those with physical, sensory, or mental limitations. “We’ve identified that there is a tremendous market failure for people with disabilities,” says Rebecca Fuhrman, TOM’s architect of inspiration, who handles the company’s marketing and communications. “Solutions are either too expensive or just simply not developed because the market [for specific physical challenges] is too small.” To address this, TOM has been engaging with the maker movement and its talent pool to bring more assistive devices to fruition.


At TOM maker-marathons, teams of volunteers work alongside local need-knowers to develop working prototypes. “Within our methodology, there is always a need-knower,” Fuhrman explains. “It’s not just about being a maker who says, ‘Oh, I think I’m going to make something,’ and assumes that they understand what someone’s challenges are.” This collaborative process ensures that the people with the disability are able to comfortably convey their issue and work with a team of makers to develop a solution. To date, there are 19 TOM communities around the world, from New York and Barcelona to Melbourne and Kazakhstan, that have hosted makeathons at various tech companies, colleges, and labs.