Remap, an industry partner of IET Connect, have recently launched a new website MakeAbility. In short, MakeAbility is an online community of practical, innovative people – including engineers and technicians - who want to use their skills to make the world a more accessible place for people with disabilities.
What are Remap and MakeAbility?
Disabled people sometimes find that whilst there is a lot of equipment commercially available for them, being mass produced it often isn’t ideally suited to their individual requirements.
After talking with individuals to understand their needs, Remap joined forces with a network of volunteer engineers and technicians to design custom-made, person-centred items of equipment. Last year they helped over 3,000 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and all the equipment made was given free of charge.
Now comes MakeAbility, an online community from Remap where anyone with an interest in this work can share their knowledge, skills and inventions with the community so that everyone can learn from each other.
It’s hugely satisfying!
A number of IET members already take part in Remap’s work. Existing volunteers say they find using their problem-solving and practical skills hugely satisfying in helping disabled people.
One limitation for people in full-time work however, is to find time to take on Remap projects. Through MakeAbility you will be able to contribute in ways and at times that suit you.
So to get involved and find out more, visit the website - https://www.makeability.org.uk/.
And it works both ways. If you or someone you know has a disability and would like custom-made equipment from Remap, visit their website to find out more.
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