In December 2016 No barriers launched the ‘’Positive Steps Campaign’’ to raise the funds necessary to bring an Eskobionics Robotic Exoskeleton to Donegal. The Exoskeleton is a comprehensive gait therapy tool which provides an unparalleled rehabilitation experience for patients and therapists alike. This machine, in certain circumstances, can help patients with spinal cord injuries to walk again whilst in the machine.
The nearest Eskobionics Exoskeleton to us is located in Galway, stark reading considering there are 64 people in Donegal with spinal cord injury and approx. 276 diagnosed with MS. This Eskobionics Exoskeleton will cost €150,000. We are fundraising to purchase this for the Donegal community and it will be owned by the community.
Everyone will have different levels of ability and everyone’s recovery story is individual so it’s important to manage expectations, depending on a few medical criteria including your level of spinal injury for example or the current level of mobility in your joints this particular machine may not be suitable for you.
The No Barriers Foundation is determined to be inclusive and allow everyone to access rehabilitation equipment so following completion of Phase 1 which is the Taking Positive Steps campaign we will be working hard to complete Phase 2 (Hydrotherapy Pool) and Phase 3 (Wheelchair accessible strength training equipment) which will allow more access across an even wider population group.”