Teenager’s ‘stigma-challenging wheelchair’ wins national design award


A student from Coventry has won a national award for his wheelchair design which aims to break the stigma associated with mobility aids.

Khalil Ismail, 17, from WMG Academy Coventry won Best Innovation Award at TeenTech for his innovative design which features a cyclical them and has curves throughout the wheelchair to make it aesthetic as well as functional.

Ismail received the award at the Royal Society in London last week at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Maggie Philbin.

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Speaking to a local newspaper, he said that he felt “honoured” to win the award.

He told Coventry Live: “I feel so honoured to have won this award; there were so many other deserving projects and I think that my winning represents all of the finalists and what we can achieve in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) when we put our minds to it.

“I wanted to make something that would have an impact on someone’s life and that would alleviate the stigma inherent in society towards disabled people. It’s a prominent problem which I wanted to address.

“Wheelchair users will feel more confident and in control with this wheelchair because it’s an extension of the person. Aesthetics are a large part of the design, as well as the function.”

Meanwhile, WMG Academy’s associate principal, Matt Brady, said: “I am incredibly proud of Khalil’s achievements, and his design really could enhance lives.

“This award is well deserved and will make him stand out from the crowd as he progresses in his career.”

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