Imagine being unable to enjoy the outdoors with your family, simply because the equipment isn’t accessible for you. This was the reality for a 6-year-old client with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. This young camper and his family love going on camping trips, but the current setup of their camper’s stairs and ladder were difficult for the client to navigate independently.
Enter Solve-TAD Volunteer Bruce, a fellow camper and problem-solver, who was determined to find a solution for the family. The goal was to create a set of stairs that were easy to assemble and disassemble, compact for storage, and safe for the entire family to use.
After some research, our volunteer team found a commercially available solution that met the requirements and reinforced it for added strength. The result was a set of stairs with increased depth and length, along with a handrail for added stability.
The family put the new stairs to the test on their most recent camping trip and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The young camper was able to access the camper with ease and independence, only needing a little help every now and then.
“The steps are amazing! He needed a little help every now and then but overall he can get up and down so much easier. Thank you to the Solve-TAD team and Volunteer Bruce for all your help and making it all happen a couple days out before we went away.”