As you can imagine, this is no small task... there are many chairs out there, but few of them meet the specific needs of an SMA Type 1 child. Many kudos to my wife Kate for not giving up the search, despite many roadblocks along the way. Recently, one of our physical therapists at Inspire, named Debbie Engle recommended we contact a seating specialist named Jean Minkel, who suggested we look into the Rifton Activity Chair for Mary. Kate made contact with Rifton (www.rifton.com) which specializes in adaptive equipment for children and adults. It turns out that the company is located less than an hour from our house!!! So, they invited us up to let Mary see the chairs being built and to try one on for size...
Well, Mary did great in the Rifton Activity Chair and loved meeting the friendly people at the factory!
Here is a video of the chair:
Here are some pictures of Mary in the chair:
Here is a picture of Kate, Mary and I with the Physical Therapist and one of the VP's of the company.
As a mechanical engineer, it was a treat for me to see all of this amazing equipment being designed, built, and assembled on-site by amazing dedicated and talented workers.
We were all blown away by the kindness and generosity of the people at Rifton and in turn the workers at the factory were very excited to see someone like Mary using one of the products they've worked so hard to design and build. At the end of our visit, they offered to let Mary to take chair that she tried home!! Again, we were absolutely blown away!!
Thanks to Joe, Deborah and everyone at Rifton for your kindness and generosity!