Life for people with disabilities is especially difficult in rural Mexico. Automobile accidents and a high prevalence of Diabetes lead to high rates of amputations, and those affected face severe social, economic and mobility obstacles. For many, traditional prosthetic devices and proper medical services are far too expensive. Many drop out of the workforce, and find it extremely difficult to economically sustain themselves. Many more remain dependent on friends and family, providing a burden on the entire community.
It doesn’t have to be like this, according to Don Bernardo, local entrepreneur and leg amputee who heads the “Associacion Civil del Flor de Cardo Santo”, a community organization to support locals with disabilities. Having already made 3 prosthetic legs using basic hardware tools and locally available materials, Don Bernardo believes that he can not only build more devices for the community, but also train people with disabilities to build their own devices. According to him, “People are entirely capable of improving their lives, they just refuse to believe it”.
…The aim of the project is not only to help provide access to prosthetic devices in the local community, but also to train beneficiaries in income generating skills and to provide a support network for people with disabilities in the area. By working with the beneficiaries to regain their livelihoods and economic independence, we hope to help them both figuratively and literally get back on their feet.
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One of the greatest benefits of having 3D printing technology in our midst is its ability to make prosthetics for those who are disabled. Not only are the prosthetics tough but they also look good what with all the marvellous designs presented by different people. Even disabled people can look very good these days thus, improving their quality of life.