Innovation for Independence

HandyClix - A one handed lap belt

Handyclix - A one handed lap belt - logo
Publish date:
13/01/2015 - 8:28am
Last updated:
13/01/2015 - 9:10am
Author:
NSF Trading

We are a specialist college working with learners who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. The idea originated from our Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Wheelchair Maintenance departments and their work with learners. Many wheelchair users are often impaired in one hand to the extent of a loss of fine motor control. This means that when a person is transferring in and out of their wheelchair independently they still require assistance to secure a wheelchair lap belt before moving off. This means that a carer or person has to find the end of the lap belt which often means searching for and then fixing it, across a sensitive area of the body. The one handed lap belt will allow users to attach and release their lap belt using only one hand. The universal nature of the belt means it can be positioned on left or right hand side of the chair according to the uses requirements. The belt will consist of one rigid and one flexible component, a safe, but easy release button and a universal fitting so the user can transfer the belt when they replace or upgrade their wheelchair.

Insight & Impact

As a specialist college with 45 years’ experience of working with a wide range of wheelchair users through Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Wheelchair Maintenance interventions it has become evident that there is growing reliance on additional support for people who are independent wheelchair users to rely on assistance to secure lap belts. This is usually because the person has only the use of one hand through disability or impairment, but also because they are holding a bag or other item with their other hand. All lap belts currently manufactured consist of two flexible components which require the use of two hands to connect them. The HandyClix lap belt will enable wheelchair users much more independence in work, leisure and at home when self- transferring and particularly privacy when self-transferring in the bathroom no longer requiring assistance to ensure they are safe and secure in their wheelchair. For the user this will engender greater personal dignity, independence and greater ownership of personal safety.

Skills needed for this project

  • We will partner with a UK seat belt design and manufacturing company to realise this concept and produce a proof of concept design.

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heather G-H-cater's picture
This would be of benefit to many learners giving them independence and self- esteem as they are enabled to do tasks efficiently
Elaine Gisby's picture
A very practical idea that will help a lot of people maintain their independence and privacy.
Jayne Hashmat's picture
Really good idea to increase independence and promote dignity. Could it also be adapted for seatbelts for people who drive using only one hand?
Pauline Bayliss-Jones's picture
Excellent idea and totally endorse the concept as have personally seen many examples where the individual would have been totally independent with the use of this type of equipment but due to their reduced mobility and lack of strength to one side are unable to secure themselves without support from another.
Graham Kerswill's picture
Sounds like a variation on the car seatbelt theme, so it should work and would definitely enhance independence.
David Dalby's picture
This must be a real problem for a lot of people with limited movement and could really help promote independence. Would love to see this available as a product.
Caroline Fraser's picture
Great idea and much needed. This would be great to see available as a standard piece of equipment for wheelchair and seating services to offer to clients and on general sale.
Ashleigh Denman's picture
This idea is so simple and obvious that it is hard to believe that it doesn't already exist - a wheelchair seatbelt and a car seatbelt are not that different so this should be very useful for a wide range of wheelchair users. Fab idea.
Sarah Perry's picture
This would increase disabled peoples independence. It must be very frustrating to have to rely on others for such a day to day task
Leslie Gaston's picture
This excellent idea provides a solution to a very common issue that challenges the independence of a large proportion of wheelchair users. The "Handy Clix" would eliminate completely much time consuming frustration, (as well as those common occasions of leaving seat belts unfastened and remaining in an insecure, unsafe condition).
irina kudzejova's picture
Very helpful for disabled.