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Whirlwind Wheelchair to be featured in San Francisco Design Week exhibition


SAN FRANCISCO, June 9, 2010 -- Whirlwind Wheelchair's RoughRider model, a wheelchair designed for people in the developing world, will be among 80 innovative designs showcased at San Francisco Design Week, June 14 - 20.


What: The RoughRider wheelchair will be on display at a free, public exhibition during San Francisco Design Week, which is focused on the theme "Design Makes a Difference." Designed by engineers at San Francisco State University's Whirlwind Wheelchair program, the RoughRider is a low-cost, high-quality wheelchair built for riders in developing countries. With durability five times that of U.S. wheelchairs at one-fifth of the cost, the RoughRider is providing affordable, long-term mobility for people with disabilities in more than 32 countries, including earthquake survivors in Haiti.  



  • Whirlwind Wheelchair, based at San Francisco State University, designs and builds wheelchairs for use in developing countries.
  • San Francisco Design Week is organized by AIGA, the professional association for design.


  • San Francisco Design Week: June 14 - 20
  • Design exhibition opening reception: Monday, June 14 at 6 p.m.


Where: AIGA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104


Please note: Media wishing to attend the events above or arrange an interview should contact Elaine Bible in University Communications at (415) 405-3606 or ebible@sfsu.edu


For more information: Whirlwind Wheelchair International: http://www.whirlwindwheelchair.org/

San Francisco Design Week raises public awareness of design and celebrates how design can be used for business innovation, sustainability, social impact, human rights and political reform. http://sfdesignweek.org/


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