The accessible snowboard was developed by Matt Capozzi and Nathan Connolly, students at Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., under the direction of Colin Twitchell of the Lemelson Assistive Technology Development Center. They developed serveral prototypes, ranging from a PVC chair attached to a snowboard to a design incorporating a suspension system, moveable seat, and a lever that raised the height of the seat to allow entry on a standard chair lift.
Matthew Capozzi and Nathan Connolly's invention notebook, two drawings, correspondence, patent documents, videotape, and audiotape relating to the development and testing of the accessible snowboard.
Series 1: Contains a design notebook, drawings, photographs, and correspondence illuminating the designing of the snowboard and the patent process.
Series 2: 4 videotapes showing test runs of the snowboard, and an audiotape of a news broadcast about the snowboard.
Accessible Snowboard Collection, 1996-2000, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Self-help devices for people with disabilities
Sports for people with disabilities
Sporting goods industry
People with disabilities
2000.3058 (NMAH Acc.)
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