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Mobility Roadshow Welcomes Trabasack!

Trabasack Wheelchair Tray at the Mobility Roadshow

The Mobility Roadshow is the premier UK event for people to view adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles and to look at and test drive try any new cars that they might consider buying. Trabasack will be proudly showing their award winning designs in the newly featured the Mobility Market Place (Stand MM7) at the Roadshow. It will also feature in a new exhibition space of inclusive designs curated by Such and Such Designs Ltd and EnabledbyDesign showing it’s versatility as a wheelchair tray, buggy tray, communication aid mount, laptop bag and a truly inclusive design.

Trabasack wheelchair and Powerchair tray and much more

The ‘Trabasack’ is a  new product designed by Clare Edwards a wheelchair user who was frustrated by the lack of stylish and light weight wheelchair tray tables. The name was invented by adding the latin words for ‘bag and table ‘ together. After two years in development it is now a mass market product that is truly inclusive in its reach appealing to people of all ages and abilities. It has many ergonomic features that make it suitable for every to use.
One of its main uses is for people who uses wheelchair and powerchair trays who prefer it to existing solutions because of its lightweight stylish contemporary appeal. This is not surprising as the designer of Trabasack was Clare Edwards, who became a wheelchair user herself after having a spinal injury, and is a champion of inclusive and stylish designs for people with disabilities.

Clare created trabasack after many years of being frustrated at not being able to find a level surface for drinks and food. The original prototypes of trabasack were made by her sewing machine and trialled by friends and family and local professionals in health and education.

Clare Edwards designer of the Trabasack tray with Cerrie Burnell

Clare Edwards designer of the Trabasack tray with Cerrie Burnell

Now Trabasack is also being used as a general laptop and iPad bag. For students and You-tube fans it is becoming a must have item after being seen in videos starring internet memes Brett Domino and Charlieissocoollike.

You Tube star Charlie MacDonald in a Trabasack Tshirt

You Tube star Charlie MacDonald in a Trabasack Tshirt

Other uses include for musicians, commuters, crafts, sketching and for children and adults in cars. It is also used by people with communication devices to carry and support their assistive technology and by gamers with disabilities using adapted controllers for accessible gaming.
Its unique design and many ergonomic features were recognised by a panel of industry specialists and Occupational Therapists when Trabasack won an Independent Living Design Award from the British Healthcare Trades Association in December 2009.  Since then the design and the company behind it, Equip-able Ltd. have won several other awards. Husband and wife team, Duncan and Clare Edwards will both be at the show and are very active on social media for those who would like to find out more about Trabasack.

Trabasack is sold internationally.

After trading from a base in Quorn, Leicestershire for two years since launch, Trabasack has built up a network of international distributors. It is currently being sold in USA,  Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and France. The Trabasack team are just back from Ireland where Trabasack was recently launched. Whilst there they met Cerrie Burnell, and were interviewed for Irish National Radio RT1, featuring on the Mooney show.

Creator Clare Edwards is interviewed for the RTE1 Mooney Show.

Producer Olan McGowan uses a trabasack wheelchair lap tray whilst interviewing Clare Edwards

For people with disabilities Trabasack is versatile and works very well with powered wheelchairs, armchairs & beds, in the kitchen, garden as well as in cars and other vehicles.
Being light weight and having a range of strap options it works very well with custom made lightweight manual wheelchairs, children’s buggies as well as in comfort & special seating. Certainly the producer for the Mooney show, Olan McGowan took an instant liking to a red Trabasack Curve and found it very useful whilst interviewing Design Director Clare Edwards for the popular Irish national Mooney Radio show. He used it around the show and said that it worked so much better that the usual laptop case that he carried on his lap.


Trabasack is used by Scientists and Innovators


It has also been used by pilots in flying lessons and has an aviation link by being a favoured piece of equipment by acclaimed public speaker and entrepreneur Mark Edworthy who can be seen in the following video.
Dr. Mark Edworthy, Research Scientist uses Trabasack as a laptop bag and wheelchair tray.


Design Zone at the Mobility Roadshow

The Trabasack team are looking forward to repeatinng their success at the recent Access and Mobility Expo in Dublin where trabasacks proved extremely popular to visitors. At this years Mobility Roadshow as well as having there own stand in the Mobility Marketpace they will be highlighted as part of the new Design Zone. This new has been created by the Mobility Roadshow – in partnership with Enabled by Design and Such and Such Design to introduce a new interactive feature highlighting the best of inclusive design.  Trabasack will be displayed among the leading designers and innovators to show Roadshow visitors and encourage them to exchange ideas about looks and functionality of products used to help people live independently.

Design Surgery: talk to the experts.

The Trabasack team will be available to speak to visitors at the show about any ideas they have for new products and tel them about their journey from an idea to a commercial and helpful product. There will also be professional designers available to give advice about new ideas and the potential of creating something either yourself or through another business. Practical issues of the costs and processes involved when bringing a new product to the marketplace can all be explored.
The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer mobility and lifestyle event. It takes place this year at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on 30th June, 1st and 2nd July.
As well as the Design Zone and many wheelchair and mobility accessories, there are vehicles to test drive, conversions, adaptations, motoring accessories, wheelchairs and scooters, all-ability cycling, specialist holidays and lifestyle options.  The sports zone is expanding this year, too with the biggest selection of accessible sports and games to try out.

The Trabasack team are looking forward to repeating to meeting as many people as possible during the show. Do come and meet Duncan and Clare Edwards from Trabasack at MM7 in the Mobility Marketplace or visit them at their featured exhibit in the new Design Zone.