The All-Terrain, Hemiplegic Wheelchair Engineered at MIT
For stroke victims, amputees, or others looking for a hemiplegic wheelchair, a version of the Freedom Chair that can be self-propelled using only one side of the body: One arm and one leg.
Finally: A hemiplegic wheelchair capable of matching your hunger for adventure. Whether that adventure looks like a trip through the woods, through the park, through an obstacle course race, or through some other terrain altogether, GRIT Freedom Chair is ready for you.
How’s it work?
The standard Freedom Chair features two independent drivetrains—riders push their left lever to propel the left wheel and the right lever to propel the right wheel. However, we realize that this isn’t always an option. The all-terrain hemiplegic wheelchair (we call it the “Hemi”) has its drivetrains connected beneath the chair—whether you’re right-side strong or left-side strong, you can engage that lever to propel the entire chair (both rear wheels) forward.
Who uses the Hemi?
This off-road, hemiplegic wheelchair has been a tremendously successful solution for stroke victims and amputees, but there are an array of challenges that make this chair ideal. One of our riders in the Boston area has cerebral palsy that affects three of his limbs—with the Hemi and a little help from a pusher, he can get out into the woods and adventure.
Above, check out Norm, who put together this awesome video of him using the Hemi. Norm has one-sided paralysis as the result of a stroke. He uses the GRIT Freedom Chair to get outside on beautiful trails in New England. With assistance, Norm is able to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors with his family!