Cuusoo of the Week: Handicapped Accessibility Pack by DrNo

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This being Christmas Eve, the obvious choice would probably be one of the "Winter Village" themed builds or an actual Christmas-themed set.

Instead I am going to play up on the good will toward your fellow man aspect that tends to be a common this time of year.

What I have for you today is a very straight forward project. The intent of the Handicapped Accessibility Pack is to package together the parts required to add an accessibility ramp to any LEGO building as well as a wheel chair to go with it.

I think this set really showcases the inclusiveness that I have found and appreciated in the LEGO community that I hope all of you have enjoyed as well.

Please also consider tweeting this project and posting it to pertinent Facebook pages. If you are a firm believer it takes a celebrity for a project to get traction, well, here is one you can tweet a request for support to:

Kevin McHale plays Artie on Glee and has an active Twitter following in excess of 900k.

Cheers and Happy Holidays to you all!

20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Happy Holidays to you to, glenbricker, and all brickset users!

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By in Canada,

Neat little set! I appreciate it as my son uses a walker. Now, if I could just get people, who don't have handicap signage, not to park in the handicap stalls at stores. Somedays I wish I had a hammer....

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By in Italy,

congrats on your idea! cheers from Italy Gianni

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By in Portugal,

As an handicaped fan of LEGO, ill make sure to give the best effort in sharing this so it gets made.

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By in United States,

Cuusoo is dead to me, but I wouldn't mind seeing an official Lego wheelchair.

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks like a great project and I have added my support, it would be nice to see things in Lego City get a little more realistic, but still retain that Lego charm.

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By in Netherlands,

On Cuusoo I posted a comment to a person who asked why LEGO should make this. Here it is:

to make children aware of the problems handicapped people face everyday (among them: children).
The LEGO Group has an enormous positive impact on children. IMO this is a great idea for a polybag!

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By in United States,

Set looks great and just supported it. Side note, the creator is DrNO rather than Dino.

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By in United Kingdom,

A truly wonderful idea, and the proceeds should go to a charity for disabled people if it passed. Merry chirstmas glenbricker, and to all too. Hope that all those presents have that distinct unique rattling sound!.

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By in United States,

@multani:
Don't worry, Chuck Norris will handicap them. ;)

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By in United States,

Great call, Glen. I remember when this set first came up on Cuusoo a couple of months ago and you were very fond of it then, too. It's a terrific idea and a nice-looking small set.

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By in United States,

I like the concept and may support the project, but I can't help looking at the thickness of the ramp's base and thinking this version of the project doesn't look practical at all. Ideally, the bottom of the slope element (which is certainly the best slope for the job) should be level with the ground.

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By in Slovakia,

At 7th of November I created a topic in the LEGO Ambassador forum in this theme. I think that it would be a nice thing to put some minifigure with wheelchair in the official CITY sets. Some of the ambassadors don't like to see the wheelchairs outside the hospital. I think it's a highly important thing to teach the children the disabled people are the full-fledged part of the society. I'm happy that this idea is now in a Cuusoo set too, but I hope the wheelchair will appear not just in a Cuusoo set but everywhere.

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By in Hong Kong,

Great idea, love the concept. I'm not a massive fan of the build for this one but it's a superb idea that deserves support.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice idea, but I fear the "H" word won't do it any favours. Do they still say "handicapped" in the colonies?

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By in United States,

Yes, disabled is more common though.

You know what isn't common at all? "colonies", being that it's been hundreds of years.

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By in Canada,

If LEGO is going to make this they might as well make a "Special Olympics" pack, a "Cancer Survivors" pack, and a whole slew of other invalid groups...

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By in United States,

Thank you very much for making my project the Cuusoo of the Week Glenbricker! I have been trying to get Lego to realize that they are in need of a set with a wheelchair for some time now and I am still very persistent. Thank you all for your support!

I got my inspiration for this set from my best friend who has muscular dystrophy. We were making some minifigures of ourselves a few years back and realized that there was not a wheelchair accessory for his minifigure. I decided to make a wheelchair out of the pieces I had and it turned out better than both of us thought. I really wanted Lego to make this into an actual product but I did not know how until Cuusoo came along. It has taken awhile to get to where it is now, but I am still hoping to get to 10,000 votes.

Currently I am working on a few custom designs for a few more Lego wheelchairs as well as a wheelchair accessible van. Thanks again for everyone's support!

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By in United States,

@ AAnchir. The ramp is built thick at the base because I wanted to add a plate underneath the ramp and flat sidewalk pieces so that the set didn't fall apart. My picture on Cuusoo just shows exactly what the set would include, but it is really meant to be built into a modular building or a smaller building. Once it is built in, everything will look a bit more natural.

@ kiss_karoly. Thank you very much for creating this as a topic in the LEGO Ambassador forum. You said that "Some of the ambassadors don't like to see the wheelchairs outside the hospital". Many people in wheelchairs enjoy Legos as much as you and me and to think that some people don't like people in wheelchairs is highly inconsiderate. Handicapped people are no less than anyone else and I hope these people can eventually understand that.

@ Nightshroud99. I see what you mean here. My best friend has muscular dystrophy and I would really like to make a set that he can relate to because many of us enjoy making minifigures of ourselves. My goal is to raise awareness of not only handicapped individuals who enjoy Legos, but handicapped individuals everywhere. As someone once said: they are not disabled, they are only differently-abled. It does not make them any less of a person. "Handicapped Accessibility Pack" is just what I thought would make the most sense to call my set. Honestly I really don't mind what the set is called, I just want Lego to like my idea and make it a reality.

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By in United States,

Well, I would imagine this exact set will not get made. However, they could very easily design a new element for a wheelchair to go along with Professor X if the Marvel sets ever take aim at the X-Men. As it is unfortunate to think that is the only way to get such a piece, it is still very viable and at least people could be more exposed to the idea. LEGO DUPLO has crutches and a wheelchair for their figures. I know this because my daughter has the big hospital set. Now the fact that those elements exist at all could bode well for our LEGO form. I don't think they'd release a accessibility pack, but they may start including such pieces in future hospital sets (if they ever decide to make a nice looking one). But I do agree, there are a lot of varieties of people in the world and LEGO does not take them all into account. And let's be honest, with LEGO being a toy, it isn't always 100% accurate. So to create the pieces in general is a great idea. To release that set, may not be very business savvy. I think people tend to not look down on the disabled people, but aren't sure how to act due to the disability itself. So looking at this set on a shelf, they probably aren't going to buy it for their children unless they know someone specifically (much like you DoctorNO) and want more people exposed. It's unfortunate, but reality.

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