Special Needs

 People with ‘special needs’ are universal and these needs require to be addressed,  particularly in a reclined mode.


The 2T concept is intended for office use or in the home for those who spend much time working or gaming or just browsing.  The concept also has a number of medical /hospital uses.  I was advised in Cambridge to keep these under wraps as they might subtract from the perception of it’s more general use.   However people with ‘special needs’ are universal and their needs require to be addressed  particularly in a reclined mode.

This occurred to me after talking to an academic ex-orthopaedic surgeon.  I wrote

“Dear Chris

I have been thinking about your comment on patients and realised that it referred to potential surgical cases and those with deformity of whatever cause.  I think this adds a new dimension to the 2T concept under the heading ‘Special Needs’.

I would propose that a patient would have a shell moulded for the torso that would then be mounted on a suitable version of a 2T chair instead of the standard shell.  This addresses the axial compression and pelvic tilt in the reclined mode.  In the upright mode the backrest stand away from the torso with a Forward Tilted seat and so becomes irrelevant.  But support might be needed and then we would have to think about Gorman’s Iliac version.  This is already built into the standard backrest shell, in a reduced form.

The ‘CC Chair’ perhaps?”

Plaster-of-Paris’ (POP) casts are commonly made in orthopaedic and physio departments and can be used to form a shell for the individual from fibreglass or other material at no great expense.   3D printing could be relevant.

In relation to the 2T concept,  see ‘Execise & movement→