“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring
you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain
fun! From 11/06/12:
From Wired Science:
Michael Graves lost his ability to walk in 2003 when a sinus infection infiltrated his nervous system, impairing his spinal cord. As he learned to navigate the world from his wheelchair, Graves noticed that places meant to empower patients, like rehab centers and hospitals, weren’t.
He felt powerless in rehab when he couldn’t reach the faucet to brush his teeth or the outlet to plug in his shaver. Everything about the room was designed for people who could stand. Since then, the award-winning architect has been on a mission to revamp hospital furnishings and living spaces so they fit the patients, families and medical staff who use them.
“I decided that since I was a designer, and architect and a patient, I have the credentials to do this,” Graves said Oct. 15 . . . at the inaugural Wired Health Conference.