Stuart Dunne, Cyclone’s Managing Director, was born in February 1968, a perfect bundle of joy! At the age of 17, plans were in place for Stuart to join the RAF and become a Tornado pilot – the future looked bright.
However, later that year, life took a dramatic turn. Following a road traffic accident in 1985, Stuart sustained a spinal cord injury (SPI) to the neck, which left him paralysed at C6/7. From that moment, things would never be the same for Stuart – life in a wheelchair beckoned.
With limited mobility and an uncertain future, Stuart was encouraged by medics to improve his fitness levels through a rehabilitation programme. Post injury rehabilitation through sport, (Ludwig Guttman principle), was considered an essential method of therapy. The aim was to help individuals build physical strength, improve self-respect and boost self-esteem.
“Following my accident, I knew I had to focus on what I could do, because the alternative didn’t bear thinking about. After some research, I realised that options for those with SCI’s in the UK, were limited. So, I began to explore what was available to aid the life of those with SCI’s in other countries. This journey led to the discovery of alternative, rehabilitation and therapy options outside of the UK; in 1989, Cyclone was born.
Today, those with SCI face a much more positive and independent future. People now have access to a fantastic range of mobility equipment and rehabilitation options.”
Stuart Dunne, MD, Cyclone Mobility
Dining with Dignity – The psychological and financial impact
For many of us eating is not a problem, and we take for granted the ability to eat any food anywhere under our own power and control. However, for a small number of individuals in the UK eating is just a process that must be done which can only be carried out with assistance.
In this talk we will look at the social aspects of eating and the restrictions that those with upper limb limitations have together with the implications that assisted eating has on family life. Imagine going out for a romantic meal with your husband, (who unfortunately has become paralysed from the shoulders down) and having to either sit alongside him to feed him his dinner whilst eating yours, or sit opposite each other as you would like to, but have to deal with an extra person feeding him. We will explore how life could be so different in social situations if robotic feeding could be portable and designed in such a way that could empower a person’s psychological wellbeing.
Also, in the presentation we will demonstrate the financial implications on caring for individuals with upper limb disability and present a case study that shows an effective use of resources and improvement of self-wellbeing.
Obi is a revolutionary robotic dining device, which blends cutting-edge robotics, elegant design, intuitive controls and a friendly personality to give individuals who are fed by others the ability to take control of their meals at home and in public.
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