Design offering easier life for disabled

Melissa Meehan

Brushing teeth is a pretty simple task for most people, but for one Victorian woman it's a challenge too great.

Joanne, 47, has a degenerative muscular disorder that makes it difficult to use her hands and therefore complete some tasks, like brushing her teeth.

She's hoping a meeting of creative minds in Melbourne can help her find a solution, while coming up with answers for several people living with a disability.

A global non-for-profit movement of innovators, Tikkun Olam Makers, hope to be able to find solutions.

"We aim to help the lives of (people) like John, who is a quadruple amputee and little Austin who lives with congenital muscular dystrophy, to live more independently," founding director Debbie Danson said.

Since its launch in 2016, Makers Melbourne has developed 28 prototypes including a universal bottle-pouring device and an adjustable guide dog harness.

They will hold a 'Makeathon' in Melbourne from Friday to Sunday at FAB9 in Footscray, which will be attended by designers, engineers and inventors.