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7:47 AM, Sep 14, 2010   |    comments
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The platform lets people in a wheelchair see what a power chair would feel like.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Disabled children using wheelchairs will soon have more options available for them to get around.  Engineering students at Grand Valley State University are working on a platform to let people in a wheelchair see what a power chair would feel like.

Currently you can not get financial assistance to buy a powered chair without proving you can drive one.  The new platform would let children learn to use one without having to leave their manual chairs or borrow someone else's power chair.

Project Designer Shawn Wright says, "The second one was only able to be used on a standard adult wheelchair, this one can be used on any type of wheelchair on the market for disabled children."

The platform was built this summer and will be given to the Lincoln Development Center Tuesday for patients to use.

By Mike Roorda

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