When Innovation Changes the Meaning of Disability
Last winter, when I had a ski accident and broke my knee ligaments, my 6-year-old son said to me, “Don’t worry, they’ll fix it and you’ll become a robot”.
What impressed me in that sentence was that, in his mind, the meaning of breaking things or disability was already changed: in some years, we will have to find a new term in the post-disability age.
Maxènce is french boy, born without a hand and that has been equipped with the first 3d printed hand in the world. The innovative thing is that the hand for “Super Max” is not a medical support that requires surgery, but a wearable device printed by e-NABLE (To Give The World A “Helping Hand!) association, created by volunteers passionate about 3d printing and able to provide innovative solutions at a low price. On his first day of school, he was “the hero”, the one that other kids admired, because of his new hand: the concept of disability suddenly took on a refreshed, new meaning. [...]
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