Emergencies happen. What if you or a loved one rely on a wheelchair? What's the plan?
Wheelchairs are checked in cargo on airplanes. Elevators are shut down in hotel emergencies. So did you ever wonder how wheelchair travelers escape a burning airplane, a derailed train, a bus accident, a cruise ship disaster, or hotel room when told to evacuate? What if they can't wait for rescue personnel and their only hope is the crew or kindness of strangers? What if you have less than 90 seconds to make it to an emergency exit? Will a trapped person leave both your lives in peril? Here's how ADAPTS comes to the rescue!
ADAPTS Transfer Sling is Targeted for Emergency Evacuations
Wheelchair travelers can use A Disabled Passenger Transfer Sling (ADAPTS) to solve the longstanding problem of how to be easily evacuated from airplanes and other disasters. ADAPTS allows anybody to help with rescues, saving precious time and lives during an emergency. The sling is fast and simple to use, is made out of lightweight and sturdy life jacket fabric that is water and flame resistant. It can be pre-ordered through Kickstarter now and will go to market in 2018.
"When I was a flight attendant, I knew we needed a better way to save people, an actual device to move passengers with disabilities away from an airplane crash fast," Robin Wearley, creator of ADAPTS, said. "Every day I worry about people in wheelchairs who travel on planes," Wearley added. There is no device available for them...so ADAPTS was designed to fill that need. It allows anybody to rescue a fellow passenger.
Precious Time and Lives Can be Saved with ADAPTS
"Products like the ADAPTS system fill an important safety need for the entire disabled community," Jeff Butler, 2016 Paralympic Games USA wheelchair rugby team silver medalist, said. Watch his review of ADAPTS here:
There is no affordable assistive device available in the marketplace today that carries wheelchair users or the injured down a narrow aisle to emergency exits during an airplane evacuation, according our research.
"As wheelchair travelers increase in number and take to the skies, it is only a matter of time until one of us is caught in a life-and-death situation on an airplane," John Morris, disability advocate at WheelchairTravel.org, said.
Currently, the "grab & run" method is the primary way airline crews get wheelchair passengers off of planes. ADAPTS allows anybody to rescue passengers, saving precious time during an emergency. Once at the bottom of the slide, they can be rapidly carried to first responders.
"Any evacuation device needs to be fast and simple to use, water and flame resistant, and have no sharp points to puncture inflatable slides," Wearley said.
Kickstarter Brings ADAPTS to the World
From Oct. 27 through Dec. 18, ADAPTS will be available through Kickstarter for a pre-order price of $129. The yellow sling is made from sturdy life jacket fabric and folds into a tote. Backers can support ADAPTS at a variety of reward levels.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, ADAPTS will be available next year. ADAPTS was demonstrated for the first time at the San Mateo Abilities Expo recently with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Next Expo in Washington, DC is expected to have three times the number of attendees for a total exposure of nearly 10,000 people with disabilities and their families.
About ADAPTS LLC
ADAPTS LLC is based in San Francisco and founded in 2016 by Robin Wearley, a former flight attendant. She developed ADAPTS to quickly transport passengers with disabilities and injured people to safety anywhere a disaster strikes. ADAPTS will be made in the USA of domestic and imported materials. The patent is pending. Watch the ADAPTS intro video here:
Proposed Budget and Funding Goals
Proceeds from this Kickstarter campaign will go to purchase materials to manufacture the product and fulfillment of at least 500 pre-orders. The production costs for the Kickstarter reward SWAG (bag tags, mug, and t-shirt) are also included in the budget. Allocation for booths and staff at the Abilities Expos in San Mateo in October and in Washington, DC in December are a high priority as are the 2018 Abilities Expos where ADAPTS will be sold from the booth. Additional funds are necessary for marketing and PR tactics during the product launch.
This is an unmet safety need that concerns travelers with disabilities, their loved ones, and fellow passengers every time they use transportation or while staying in hotels. ADAPTS has the potential to save lives when the unexpected happens. Help us make travel safer for all passengers.
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Risks and challenges
I have had three unique and separate careers that have dove-tailed into the ideal background for bringing a product like ADAPTS to market. As a flight attendant, I recognized this unmet safety need for these vulnerable passengers in an emergency. As a physician assistant in my second career, I became well-versed in many medical conditions for which ADAPTS could be life-saving. Finally, as a field director in the pharmaceutical industry, I became familiar with product launches, marketing, and the regulatory environment. My Bachelor of Science is in Organizational Behavior & Leadership and my Master of Science is in Health Communication.
The challenges presented before me are addressed by assembling an experienced team of individuals who provide sage legal advice, expert prototype development, talented designers, manufacturing and materials sourcing, marketing, PR, and sales strategists. These people are as committed and passionate as I am about innovation, customer service, and especially...saving lives. We have held focus groups to hone the product. We have invested in high-quality materials to create a solidly constructed product that is manufactured in the USA. Patent is pending.
Most importantly, we are all energized by the potential ADAPTS has for saving lives. We hope to make ADAPTS available to ALL intrepid travelers with mobility limitations. We pledge to stand by ADAPTS and will reconcile any concerns, questions, or complaints a customer may have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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