Niara- Meeting Minutes 09/01/15-10/6/15

During our first meeting, we discussed our individual roles and goals for GripFab. We also scheduled to meet regularly every Tuesday at 12pm. We made a collaborative decision to have a google folder with all our documents that relate to GripFab and CREU. Our mentor shared with us some interviews that had suggestions for grips from former research participants. We looked over the interviews. There were several findings that helped put in perspective types of grips needed by users. We have potential candidates that we are going to interview such as a young child who would like a grip to use the whiteboard. After our advisor suggested making grips for crutches, we met with two candidates on September 29th, 2015. Long term effects of crutches were researched, the findings are being used to identify the optimal grip for users. Currently, we have some designs for crutches but we are preparing ourselves to meet with University of Maryland Medical Center clinicians to gain insight on the needs of the users. In addition, we are sending out surveys specifically for crutch users to provide us with more feedback.

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