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Man creates a device to help his visually impaired wife to learn ski and snowboard

Shared by Elise Thioliere on 2017-06-05 14:43

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John’s wife is visually impaired. Despite of her disability, John wanted to share his passion for winter sport with his wife. In 1996, he sketched a design for an adaptive tool on a paper napkin, and he decided to create a new device called Sno-Wing.

“I had few ideas that there would be so many benefits for so many challenged users--including my wife.”, he recalled. This is why, in 1998, the Sno-Wing was patented.

The Sno-Wing is an adaptive training device designed to allow a guide maximum control of their participant’s movements whilst snowboarding. It looks like a lightweight elliptical frame with a padded harness.To hold, the harness is attached at the pivot point of the disabled person’s hip.

To stabilise the Sno-Wing, there are several connection points. Connecting straps provide adjustability to suit a variety of sizes and needs.

The Sno-Wing can be used for both snowboarding and skiing.

Since receiving the patent, the Sno-Wing has been supplied to winter sport schools around the globe.

More info : http://www.sno-wing.com/index.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxMDzpTSs9I

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About the author

John Stark was born in United States. John has been a winter-sports enthusiast for over 30 years. He married a woman with visual disturbances. In 1998, he created Sno-Wing, a device which allows blind people to make their first experience of winter sports safely and enjoyable.

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