Special chair lets disabled dance

Updated: 09/27/2013 2:01 PM | Created: 09/27/2013 1:59 PM
By: Rogelio Mare, WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) -- Young Jessica Hendricks was born with Spina bifida.

Despite her condition, the energetic outspoken young lady loves to dance.

That's why the invention of a professor at the University of South Florida is so important to Jessica.

Its a wheelchair that gives the user more mobility including the ability to dance.

It uses body movement as opposed to standard hand controls to manipulate the chair's movement.

It was invented by dance professor Merry Lynn Morris.

Morris says she came up with the idea eight years ago, growing up with a disable father.

With the help of USF engineering students and grants from around the country, Morris' vision became a reality.

Currently, there is only the one prototype but Morris hopes to find a company willing to produce and market the chairs.

As for Jessica, she says she loves the chair and the mobility it gives her allowing her to dance.

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