Wheelchairs for Children with Disabilities


  • Wheelchair for Toddlers.
    Bella’s Bumbas is a wheelchair that enables toddlers (like children affected by Spina Bifida) the freedom to move easily, be independent, and play with their siblings and other children.  It is built with a Bumbo-like seat, some tires, and a wooden board.  

    Families may order one at no cost, except a charge for shipping, which is a fraction of what it would cost to purchase a typical wheelchair.  Every dollar they receive goes directly towards the cost of building these chairs.  Since the wheelchairs are not commercially manufactured, families must sign a waiver of liability. 

    When a child outgrows their chair, Bella's Bumbas also asks the family to donate it to another family. 

    For more information or to order, see
    bellasbumbas@gmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/bellasbumbas/

    (Source:  "One family's quest to bring a new kind of wheelchair to toddlers," CBS News, July 28, 2017)
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bella-shorr-bellas-bumbas-wheelchairs-spina-bifida/

  • College students have designed what may be the smallest, lightest, and least-expensive wheelchair ever, with a PVC-pipe frame that can be adjusted as the child grows.  Unlike many standard power chairs, which are wide and heavy, the BYU chair will not require remodeling a house or buying a new car.  In fact, these wheelchairs can be folded and tossed, rather than mechanically lifted, into the trunk of a car. 
For their mechanical engineering capstone project, four BYU students spent 2 semesters designing and building the wheelchair. 
  • Dimensions:   29.75" high, 13.5" wide, and 22.5" long.  A standard power chair starts at 32x22x27.

  • PVC Pipe:  Longer pieces of pipe can be substituted to expand the chair for children up to 50 lbs.

  • Speed:  4 mph.  The team had the first prototype going much faster, but reined it in to match the standard power-chair speed.

  • Weight:   20.5#.  A standard power chair is 100-300+ pounds.

  • Battery Life:  1.5 - 2 hours.  A slightly heavier battery would last the whole school day.

  • Cost:   $490.40.  The team beat the budget set by the project sponsor by a few bucks.  A standard power chair runs $2,000-$7,000.  (The Open Wheel Chair video claims the cost is under $400.00) 
Instructions to build the chair are available for FREE online at
http://www.openwheelchair.org
(Sweet Wheels, by Leah Davis, BYU Magazine, Summer 2015, p. 16)
What You Can Do
  • Donate your used bumbas by shipping them to
    Bella's Bumbas
    1170 Webster Rd
    Webster, NY  14580