Ken was diagnosed with a rare progressive neurological disease which causes muscle weakness. Ken visited IATP for a tour and AT demonstrations where he learned about the Makers program. He quickly concluded that assistive technology devices created through design and fabrication could help him with daily self-care tasks. Ken has a background in chemical engineering and is very skilled in design and fabrication. He works very closely with the Makers team on developing solutions that best meet his needs.
The Makers have been working on a set of devices to assist Ken in self-care tasks that help him be more independent as his abilities continue to change. Some of these devices include built up and angled silverware, built up and angled handles that fit over a shower brush, and a variety of extended levers that attach to buttons and doors as needed. Makers often meet with Ken throughout the fabrication phase of each design for the prototype testing and improvement process that is necessary in creating customized devices.