Our APT workshop makes assistive devices such as chairs and standing frames for children with disabilities.
Despite the overwhelming need for such devices families rarely have access to them or can afford them. As a result, we see many children confined to their home and spending their days lying on the floor or bed unable to participate in family life.
Appropriate Paper-based Technology (APT) is a low-cost, sustainable solution for bespoke postural supports for children with disabilities using recycled cardboard and paper. Items are constructed using engineering principles and are both strong and light-weight. Three layers of thick corrugated cardboard are layered and glued together using a paste made from flour and water. After cutting, the cut pieces are slotted together and then tied with strips of used nylon tights. The structure is reinforced with strips and rods of thin cardboard, which are then covered with newspaper and glue and finally thick paper, such as those used as bags for flour or animal feed. Decoration of the device completes the process.
These devices are made to fit the individual child and help the child to maintain a comfortable and functional position in either sitting or standing. This equipment helps prevent contractures, spinal deformity and can improve digestion, bowel function and maintain skin integrity. The equipment also enables the child to play and communicate with those around them, increasing both the amount and the quality of their participation in home activities, as well as increasing independence, communication and quality of life.
To help sustain the making of disability equipment, other furniture and useful items are made and sold to the public.
You can keep up to date with what is happening in the APT workshop by following the Facebook page APT KENYA