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AN INTRODUCTION TO DAVID CONSTANTINE AND MOTIVATION

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  David Constantine was a student in 1989, when he entered a competition to design a wheel chair (along with a colleague Simon Gue), that could be used in a range of terrains, such as those found in the third world/developing countries. David had already been a wheel chair user for several years. The wheelchair had to manufactured from locally sourced materials, which helped to ensure that it’s manufacture was sustainable and employed local technicians. The wheelchair had to be affordable.
 
 
 

They won the competition (the Frye Memorial Prize) and formed a non-profit making organisation called ‘Motivation’, in 1991. Following this, they were invited to go to Bangladesh, to manufacture their wheelchair.

Form, aesthetics and particularly function, were applied to their designs. An important aim of their organisation and designs, was to raise the self-esteen of the disabled user. Over a number of years, the organisation has sent designers, physiotherapists and engineers to developing countries, working with local companies, to design and manufacture wheel chairs.

Each wheel chair is adjusted to fit the individual user, at the point of distribution. The chair’s ‘empower’ the user to be mobile and to earn incomes, becoming active and valued members of society.

Today, Motivation design and manufacture a range of wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs.

Motivation’s design philosophy, is one that aims to motivate the user, through the freedom and independence that their chairs deliver. Their wheel chairs are adjustable, so that they will fit a wide range of users, ergonomically. Further to this, their chairs are affordable and manufactured from locally sourced sustainable materials.

 
 
 
TWO WHEELCHAIRS BY MOTIVATION
 
 
 
 
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