Wheelchair Rain Shield
Students: Lanier Lannom, Andrew Chiego, Thamer Hasan
Design outcome: Wes designed a retractable rain shield to protect a client, his electric wheelchair,
and his belongings from rain and related precipitation.
Why it matters: The UCSF Disabilities Statistics Center reported that approximately 1.6 million
people outside of institutions (hospitals, etc.) use wheelchairs on a daily basis
and approximately 155,000 of those users are in motorized wheelchairs. This Rain Shield
matters because electric wheelchairs are not waterproof, and inclement weather can
damage the wheelchair, leaving the user stranded in the rain. Our device will protect
the wheelchair user’s chair and belongings from precipitation, giving the user confidence
to travel on rainy days.
Next steps: The next steps would be to automate deployment and closing of the Rain Shield with
a motor and to find a universal attachment mechanism so this device can be used on
other electric wheelchairs.