The Unstoppable Genius of Michael GravesBy Sloan, Louise; AARP.org,
Article features the architect and designer Michael Graves who, after becoming a paraplegic following a viral infection, has developed assistive-technology products informed by universal design and with a focus on aesthetic appeal. The architect describes finding the necessary assistive devices he encountered during his hospital stay, including bath benches, commodes, and his wheelchair, visually painful and poorly designed and, at his firm Graves Design, is now working on a line of home medical equipment for mobility and bath safety. One product under development described is a handheld showerhead with brushes and extendable handles for which, although it is mainly intended for people in wheelchairs, the designer envisions a wider application, such as washing one’s dog. He was also engaged in the design of the new building of the St. Coletta School for children with various disabilities in Washington, D.C. which was completed in 2006.
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