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FKMS: the wheeling edition
$2,850 pledged
102% of $2.8k goal
28 contributors
0 days left
Ended Sep 20, 2018

So for real though, aside from the short hilarious list I've already written, why do I want this thing?  Here's a few reasons:

  • I'm pretty sure that, as much as she likes hanging out in the backyard and playing with me on the ground, Lex wouldn't mind going on walks sometimes
  • I would feel like less of an ass if i could actually take part in the MS Walk next year (Sorry Grandma, you can wait in the car, or maybe ride on the handlebars?)
  • I've always been an early adopter, the older and more disabled I get, the harder it is to find cool things to get before they're cool...help me battle my FOMO here, people!
  • It would be cool to be able to walk to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard instead of sending my order and waiting for kind people to bring it home (no offense, but it's always a little bit melty!)
  • When I walk, it's often hard to do anything other than concentrate on all the things I need to do in order not to trip, so I miss a lot in conversation and the world around me
  • I could use a few less excuses to get off my butt and do stuff
  • Laura likes a good challenge and we need to find a way to attach my cane to this thing (and also find other useful/fun attachments for it!)
  • I don't like depending on other people or the good will of other people to get stuff done. I appreciate the heck out of it when people make my life easier, but I also hate it.
  • Do you realize we got gifted a community mailbox maybe 6 months before my diagnosis? Do you know how many packages/important bits of (non-bill) mail have languished there while I continually forget to stop by with the car or cajole someone else into checking?
  • You probably don't realize that, while I enjoy the speed that we go through airports in a wheelchair, I am also at butt level (and thus, fart level) for the duration
  • Further to that, I'm glad I was drinking at the beer festival this summer, because...beer farts!
  • Speaking of beer, most craft breweries either aren't super accessible or don't have parking close by
  • I can't remember the last time I went to the mall (this one is a double edged sword, ditto for the grocery store!)
  • Even though I have an accessible parking pass, there aren't always accessible spots available, which means in many cases, I either just don't go somewhere or have to get someone else to drive me
  • I don't mind attention, but I do get miffed when it feels like pitying...pretty sure this thing will get more more of the former and less of the latter
  • The more I use my body the more I get to keep using it, and I think we can all agree that's a good goal to have.

I'll be frank here, unless there's a miracle cure or something changes drastically, I'm going to be in a wheelchair/scooter eventually...and while I guarantee you they will also be a sight to behold, but I'm in no rush.

So help me, help...me. Or do this so you have an excuse to laugh at me, I'm good either way, I just really don't like inhaling farts in an airport.

Inclusion is something we achieve together.

 

What is the Alinker?

The Alinker is an exceptionally cool, three-wheeled walking bike for humans with mobility constraints. It’s not a medical device, it’s a lifestyle tool, designed to enable users to lead active and socially engaged lives — at eye level. More than a cool product, it’s a solution to a design challenge we all face together: how to create a more inclusive society, for all types of bodies.  

On the Alinker, users sit upright -- at eye level with standing companions. Weight is supported by the seat with no stress on the lower body, while handle bars provide additional support. Feet remain on the ground, keeping users stable and safe.

Who is the Alinker for?

The Alinker is for people who want to stay active, regardless of mobility challenges.

To operate and use the Alinker you must have the ability to:

  • walk to some degree
  • flex and extend your legs
  • bear weight on one leg briefly while getting on and off the Alinker
  • be consciously aware of your surroundings
  • be aware of your ability and limitations

About Crowdfunding

This crowdfunding campaign helps individuals purchase an Alinker with the help of family, friends, neighbours, coworkers and others in their social network. You can contribute using your credit card and help your friend reach their funding goal and acquire an Alinker. All the money is paid directly to Alinker Inventions Ltd, and your credit card is not charged unless the campaign goal is reached -- so there is no risk in making a contribution right away. Please contribute now and help your friend lead a life that is physically active and socially-engaged. Any amount helps!

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