Motivation is delighted to announce that our Rough Terrain wheelchair is being featured in the ‘Access+Ability’ exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

‘Access+Ability’ focuses on the incredible ways design is transforming the lives of disabled people worldwide. The exhibition doesn’t only concentrate on how advances in technology are making mobility and communication aids more practical and functional; it also looks at the beauty of these new designs and the way they open up new opportunities, like sports, to the individual.

The right wheelchair, the right way

Motivation was established when our co-founders won a competition to design a wheelchair for the developing world at the Royal College of Art. Their work demonstrated an acute understanding of how good design can transform lives.

Twenty six years on, we still put the individual at the heart of our designs, ensuring we are providing the right wheelchairs in the right way.

As well as designing and manufacturing our own range of wheelchairs, Motivation provides the fitting, training and practical support needed for individuals to develop confidence in their wheelchair skills.

Motivation Co-Founder, David Constantine, provides his insight as to the importance of considered and effective design from the perspective of a wheelchair user.

I believe that good design is all about improving people’s quality of life. For me, thoughtful design and engineering has enabled me to travel, go to work and be independent. I think everyone should have that opportunity – no matter where they are in the world.

Harrison’s story

Four years ago, Harrison was in a car accident that left him paralysed. The wheelchair provided by the hospital was poorly fitted and became painful after just an hour. It was not suitable for the uneven ground in his family home or wider community, and he found it very difficult to move around. Isolated from his friends and relying entirely on his wife, he became depressed. There were times he thought about ending his life.

"I was in darkness," Harrison told us. "I was so alone."

When he met Nancy from Motivation, his life changed forever. He was given a Motivation Rough Terrain wheelchair and training that taught him how to use it effectively. He began to move around his home and community, and started using public transport on his own.

With his mobility, confidence and independence restored, he is now concentrating on the future.

I am independent and have the skills to look after myself.

I want to give other disabled people the support that Motivation has given me. I want to show my child that he can get the best education even with a parent in a wheelchair.

I would like to say I am very thankful to Motivation and to the people who support them.

Visit our Rough Terrain wheelchair

Our Rough Terrain wheelchair is part of the ‘Access+Ability’ exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York until September 2018. It also features as a permanent exhibit in London’s Design Museum.