Technology is advancing at an accelerating rate, but disabled people are often the last to benefit. As Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) steals our loved ones’ strength and mobility, modern technology should be there to help them. That’s why we’re investing in the development of cutting-edge equipment to prolong strength, dignity and independence – and putting DMD children at the heart of the research process.
We are undertaking extensive research with young people with DMD to completely rethink how wheelchairs can help them live their lives.
A third SMART Suit prototype undergoes user testing ahead of further development with the DMD community in 2024.
We have grown our technology team this year and will be seeking to dramatically change the technology landscape for people with disabilities.
Thank you to everyone who worked on the technology work with us this year.
A huge thank you to members of the DMD community who have participated in work on the SMART Suit and Dream Chair technology projects this year.
Thank you to the Innovation Lab at Alder Hey Hospital, the University of Liverpool and Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK for their work on the SMART Suit.
Thank you to our Technology Advisory Board members, Daniel Isler, Daniel Toon, Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, Matthew Weinstein, Rich Mahoney, Sarah Vines, and William Calvert.
A landmark year of achievement and impact