When children with DMD and SMA lose the ability to walk, a wheelchair keeps them moving and independent. But no device currently exists to help when they lose the use of their arms.
We're developing the SMART Suit to change this.
Losing upper body strength and function means losing the ability to do the little things that are actually the very big things, like putting your hand up in class, feeding yourself or hugging your mum.
We’re developing a wearable device, the SMART Suit, to help restore arm function. We’re proud to be working in partnership with Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK (SMA UK) and the Inclusionaries Lab at the University of Liverpool.
We are thankful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Alex’s Wish and Joining Jack for their generous support.
We are delighted that our SMART Suit has been shortlisted for The Engineer’s Collaborate to Innovate Award.
We are actively seeking the insight and opinions of people living with DMD and SMA, along with their families and care teams, on the design requirements of an upper body assistive device. Could you help us to shape the future of the SMART Suit project?