Design: Equipping the Disabled

Innovators come up with new wheelchairs, utensils, beds

Seconds after takeoff on his first try with a hang glider, a sudden gust of wind caused Craig Vetter to crash. He spent two months in a wheelchair, learning to hate what many disabled persons call the "chrome-plated torture rack." Now, one year later, Industrial Designer Vetter, 39, has put his own well-engineered, light, agile and elegant wheelchair design on the market. As yet custom made, Vetter's chair also comes in a sports model for wheelchair tennis, basketball or marathons.

If Vetter has given the wheelchair...

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