by Charlie Smith
Originally published: May 4, 2016
Growing up in the Netherlands, Barbara Alink recognized at a very young age that people are very uncomfortable talking about death and disability. But the Richmond inventor also learned an important lesson from her grandmother: “If you ever face a problem, turn it around and you just might find a solution.”
Those two notions have come together in Alink’s radically chic mobility aid, the Alinker, which she designed to transform the lives of people with disabilities.
“It moves with your feet,” Alink told the Georgia Straight by phone. “While you sit in the saddle, you walk. you take away all the pressure on your lower limbs. And you’re upright, you’re at eye level, and you’ve got your hands free because you’re stable and you’re safe.”