Nov 152017

Please can anyone help with the following request from our Merseyside panel who do not the expertise required in this case.

The client is a boy,  aged 13 who has a urinary problem which until recently has been controlled using a wet sensor fitted in his trousers which sounds an alarm when he needs to urinate. As he wears this in school he now finds this embarrassing each time the  alarm sounds and he then, due to a speech difficulty, has to put his hand up to indicate he needs to go. His mother, now living in our area, originally dealt with the Leeds panel several years ago and they then fitted the alarm system which she thinks could now be modified to actually speak to request permission to go to the toilet . Could you please progress this through Leeds and all other panels to see if there is a solution. The mother has given me her telephone no which is available from Central Office and if someone can offer assistance they should contact her direct for a better understanding of the current situation and her requirements. I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed of any developments.

Tony Fennell, Merseyside





Oct 232017

John Garnish of the Bournemouth panel is asking for help with the following please:


One of our OTs has come up with a problem to which I can see no practical solution.

The client is a 20-yr old man who is severely autistic but has no physical disability and is able to move around freely.  He shreds items of everyday use, in particular the inside lining of Motability vehicles.  He has damaged a number of vehicles which is an expense that his family cannot maintain.

Thank you for your help


(Case Coordinator – Bournemouth & District REMAP Panel)


Oct 192017

Brian Holder of the Bristol panel  has been attempting to set up a security camera for a client.

The client has very limited motor function and spends most of the day in his electric wheelchair.

He has a chair mounted switch which allows him to open the door. We are trying to provide a simple camera system

To enable sight of the visitor at the door. The camera is wired to his wi-fi router and viewed on his Samsung phone via an app

(P2Pwificam) This works but the client is only able to use the phone via the Galaxy voice app. This causes 2 problems.

1)     With P2Pwificam open, the Galaxy voice app no longer responds

so the client cannot control the app or exit from it.

2)     The P2Pwificam app requires a tap on the screen to enable the

live picture. The client is unable to achieve the tap.

We are looking for assistance to make this work for the client, possibly by use of more suitable apps.


Brian Holder



Oct 162017

Any suggestions we can pass on would be welcome. I have explained we can’t help in Germany and Mark lives in Canada.






My sister in law has MS cannot move arms or legs …head movement ok ….wheel chair bound, is there a kindle style book that can be voice controlled and some kind of stand to hold book at correct height etc so she can read? and turn pages etc by voice. My sister in law lives in Germany with her english husband.



Oct 092017

Carlisle & District Remap panel has recently been requested to develop an archery device on behalf of a local charity activities group to permit disabled clients to compete in the sport.  

 A basic specification supplied by the group is : 

Vertical bow, +- 20 degrees horizontal movement, +- 5 degrees of vertical movement, maximum target range 10M, laser target marker,  instructor to manually load and cock bow, switch on bow to prevent inadvertent operation by user, remote short-range wireless activation/emergency stop/over-ride (this device to be operated by the instructor), user’s joystick to provide target aiming (left/right, up/down and fire button), second alternative user control with similar functions but button operated, all controls to be battery operated. 

 If any panel has already been involved in developing a similar type device could you please get in touch with myself, Jack Rae, chairman Carlisle & District Panel.

 Many thanks




Jun 012017

David Reid, Remap Scotland asks the following question?


Oddly enough, this is the second request for a child seat for the Quickie Helium received in as many weeks. 

Given the challenges of this chair’s thin wall high strength alumininium alloy tube construction, can I ask if REMAP has dealt with one already?



Jun 012017

Ian Mercer, a new member of the South Herts panel writes:


“Recently I was asked to visit a client who wanted to control a motorised bed using voice commands and, after some investigations, we found that the original NHS organisation who had previously provided some equipment should be able to assist so there is (currently) no more to be done.


I did begin to find out about voice controlling things and I became aware that this could become quite complex and that it would be helpful to discuss things with other electronics engineers. In particular, how might we assess items to make sure they are safe, reliable, do not cause interference etc in the same way as they would be if covered by the directives that apply to commercial products”


Would any Remap volunteers with experience in this area please contact David Martin to be put in touch with Ian.


Jun 012017

The following request is from Alan Parker, chair of Leeds and Bradford


The Leeds and Bradford Remap Panel has had a request from a client for help with an Apple ipencil which the client finds too heavy to hold.

 None of our panel members have any experience with this particular technology and would welcome contacts from any other panel who may be able to help.







Apr 192017

North Wales Remap  have had a new case referred to us involving a client with ataxia. He is 40, lives alone, has carers and uses a wheelchair. He has written a book and is keen to write another but has problems using a keyboard due to tremors resulting in inaccurate finger positioning on keys. He is very reliant on the computer for communication. Various solutions have been proposed and tried (such as voice-activation) but failed due to the involuntary and unpredictable movements involved in his disability.


I would be grateful for any suggestions on tackling this case.

John Hill

Apr 132017

Please can anyone help Phillip

I’m from Manchester Metropolitan University where I’m looking in to a project combining wheelchair use and virtual reality (VR). I’m investigating if we can integrate a VR game with a wheelchair ergometer to help new wheelchair users experience using a wheelchair in a safe environment before using in the real world.

At the university we have the expertise to make the VR game, but not the wheelchair ergometer. Would you be able, or know anyone, that would be able to help with the design and manufacture of a wheelchair ergometer?

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Phillip Chandler   MSc, ASCC

Technical Officer (Simulation Technology & Gait Analysis)

Faculty Student Support Services

Manchester Metropolitan University

Room BR 3.04,

Brooks building


M15 6GX

0161 2472491