Designing an accessible workplace

A unique café has opened on the University of Central Florida campus. The Adult Harness Café is equipped with a special harness system that allows victims of traumatic brain injury or stroke to work behind the counter.

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A unique cafe has opened on the University of Central Florida campus.

The adult harness cafe is equipped with a special harness system that allows victims of traumatic brain injury or stroke to work behind the counter.

Here's the story.

Thank you, sir.

We built the cafe around the harness.

It's a 10'x10' space, and there's a U-ring at the top of the device, and it's frictionless.

That is what allows that individual to move anywhere within that 10'x10' space.

We're starting out with traumatic brain injury, but we certainly see that this technology has applications for individuals that are survivors of stroke, survivors of spinal cord injuries.

The accident happened over 10 years ago, and she was in a coma for 4 1/2 months.

She's always been, uh, a vivacious person, very active, and she likes to talk to people.

So this gives her an opportunity to do it on a regular basis.

It gives me purpose.

I can accomplish something.

In our situation, our TBI survivors are taking the orders, and then they're going across to the other side of the cafe to retrieve those orders.

They're working on things like memory.

I have to walk and hear them, and then I have to walk and try to remember and get what they -- they want.

For Diana, she's working on some fine motor and dexterity.

So for her to be able to -- to grab ahold of multiple items and bring them back.

It is good because she can grab things and hold them without having to fall down.

Normally, she cannot carry things from one place to another.

Really, what this does is it offers them an environment to showcase their potential, to demonstrate their capacity.

If there wasn't this opportunity, they're sitting at home because there's not opportunities for them to be engaged in the real world doing meaningful activities and contributing.

And that's -- that's what we know that they're capable of.

They need to implement harnesses all over so that we, as disabled people, we aren't just limited to therapy.

We're just excited to have the opportunity to advocate for individuals with disabilities.

So this is just us dipping our toe in the water, and we think that there will be many other individuals in our community who can benefit from the technology.

Harnesses need to be everywhere so we can walk around like regular people 'cause we are regular people.