Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Is just a wheelchair enough

14 June 2011

The right to mobility is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities. Motivation believes that mobility needs to be accompanied by the opportunity to learn the skills required to make the most of that mobility and be inspired to use it to the full. The reality for many disabled people in developing countries is that without an income life is very tough and relies on family support. Vocational training and income generation is provided to allow people to enable people to fulfil their potential to become included in society.
This lecture will cover the subject of appropriate wheelchair provision in developing countries and associated requirements around helping disabled people in less resourced settings to fulfil their potential in society.

David Constantine, Co-Founder and Executive Officer of Motivation UK, will speak on the subject of appropriate wheelchair provision in developing countries and associated requirements around helping disabled people in less resourced settings to fulfil their potential in society.


David Constantine MBE is Co- Founder and Executive Officer of Motivation UK, a registered charity which works in partnership with a range of organisations to create sustainable projects to enhance the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities in developing countries. When travelling around Australia in 1982 at the age of 21, David misjudged a dive on Fraser Island and broke his neck at level C4/5. David is now a quadriplegic wheelchair user. After completing a degree in Computer Studies, David worked at IBM for two years and then took an MA in Computer Related Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). While at the RCA David, along with fellow student Simon Gue, designed an award-winning wheelchair for the developing world. Together with Richard Frost they travelled to Bangladesh to test their design, and in 1991 returned to set up the first Motivation project, a workshop producing affordable and appropriate wheelchairs with a simple design. Since 1991 Motivation has worked in over 30 countries worldwide and developed over 50 designs of low-cost mobility solutions. It is one of the few organisations to deal with both the provision of disability products and services and the wider social and economic needs of people with mobility disabilities. In 2010 David was awarded the MBE in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List for services to disabled people.


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Is just a wheelchair enough

: David Constantine MBE is Co- Founder and Executive Officer of Motivation UK, a registered charity which works in partnership with a range of organisations to create sustainable projects to enhance the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities in developing countries. When travelling around Australia in 1982 at the age of 21, David misjudged a dive on Fraser Island and broke his neck at level C4/5. David is now a quadriplegic wheelchair user. After completing a degree in Computer Studies, David worked at IBM for two years and then took an MA in Computer Related Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). While at the RCA David, along with fellow student Simon Gue, designed an award-winning wheelchair for the developing world. Together with Richard Frost they travelled to Bangladesh to test their design, and in 1991 returned to set up the first Motivation project, a workshop producing affordable and appropriate wheelchairs with a simple design. Since 1991 Motivation has worked in over 30 countries worldwide and developed over 50 designs of low-cost mobility solutions. It is one of the few organisations to deal with both the provision of disability products and services and the wider social and economic needs of people with mobility disabilities. In 2010 David was awarded the MBE in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List for services to disabled people.

Duration: 1:20