EuroMedical director Jaap Engels demonstrates a Levo C3 wheelchair at the ''Show Your Ability'' disability equipment expo in the Edgar Centre yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Inventions to make life easier for people with disabilities
were the focus of the ''Show Your Ability'' disability
equipment expo in the Edgar Centre yesterday. The national
show of disability equipment followed expos in Auckland,
Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch.
''The origin of this is you can get catalogues from
suppliers, but you want to have a touch and play,'' convener
and occupational therapist David Guest, of Hamilton, said.
''This is the only opportunity for clients and specialists to
see the entire range of equipment available and to experience
the equipment first-hand. We're very lucky in New Zealand -
we get the pick of the crop.''
More than 40 suppliers had their wares and services on
display and explained and demonstrated models to the public.
One of the stars of the show was a $27,000 Swiss-made Levo C3
wheelchair which can raise and lower a passenger in seconds.
There was also a Segway converted to a sit-down model and
wheelchairs for playing rugby, tennis, basketball and bowls.