Changduk Kim and Youngki Hong of Daejin University (South Korea)
The Universal Toilet is a flexible toilet design useable by both the disabled and general population that removes the social stigma of handicapped facilities. For the disabled, even a dedicated handicapped toilet requires maneuvering, especially when in a wheelchair. With the Universal Toilet users don’t need to turn or twist but can simply slide forward off the wheelchair directly onto the toilet. There is even a chest board to lean against for added stability and comfort. Handles on the chest board can also be of use when standing or transferring between the wheelchair. For non-disabled users, the chest board becomes a backboard to lean against. The Universal Toilet is also very space efficient, requiring only a quarter of the space of existing handicapped toilets. And since the toilet’s sleek, curving forms are like nothing seen before, handicapped users need no longer feel self-conscious.
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