The “ Joëlette ” is a one-wheel chair with two shafts: one in front and the other behind the seat, in order to drive or to carry it, if necessary. A suspension, a brake and a jack to adjust the shafts, complete the Joëlette features. Its use requires minimum 2 assistants. The Joëlette can be adapted to personal disability.
With the Joëlette, it is possible to travel on any kind of ground, given a minimum width of 1 meter and no steps higher than 40-50 cm. It allows to frequent outdoor spaces otherwise precluded to all people with motor disabilities.
With the help of a Joëlette, people with motor difficulties will be able to leave conventional transportation means and enter the nature surrounding Balme along various difficulty itineraries.
Each year, many associations set themselves challenges, both sporting and humanitarian, with the objective of fulfilling a dream and be open to the world in spite of the disability.
These challenges sometimes become an exploit such as the ascent of the highest peaks. We offer you the opportunity to discover the experience of three associations who, each in their own way and thanks to the Joëlette, venture off the beaten path.
On Sunday, the "Joellettes" (single-wheel trekking chair) arrived in Paris. After the welcome speech by Philippe de Lachapelle, director of l'OCH, a big celebration took place in front of Notre Dame, followed by a beautiful thanksgiving mass...
The layout of the Transgrancanaria, irregular and capricious as nature itself, is not passable for a wheelchair, but it is for a chair ‘Joëlette’, a SUV chair adapted to transport a PRM with the help of two people prepared to direct.
The “Montaña para todos” (Mountain for all) association in collaboration with the Global Nature Foundation has published a guide that compiles the 17 routes adapted for “joëlette” wheelchairs in Tenerife Island including a handbook for the operation of these wheelchairs.
Venture yourself … and come to discover the contrasts, colors and smells that Sierra Lousã has to offer … Enjoy the nature and feel it in its most pure and fresh, making a tour of Joëlette and discovering the true diversity in wildlife and flora that the Sierra can offer.
Rome is known as the largest open museum in the world, one of the most visited cities and one of the must-see wonders. But it isn’t what one would consider accessible to wheelchairs, at least not all of it. In Rome, a must is undoubtedly to visit the Roman Forum, which is full of cobblestones, steps and arduous paths; the same is true for the excavations of Pompeii, Ostia Antica, and many more such. Thanks to collaboration with Ferriol Matrat, which is a French company who produce the “Joelette”, a special one-wheel chair carried by 2 assistants, (originally used for the disabled while trekking), Rome and Italy has made it possible to see these sites.
“Humanity is blessed with technology therefore there should be no limits to human capability” is a statement that best describes the reason for the creation and the importance of the “Joelette”. This special alternative wheelchair made in France was essential in helping Deogratius Chami (29), a student to be the first Tanzanian paraplegic to reach Uhuru peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This project titled “KILIHANDY” was organized by CHEMINDESSENS, a French NGO.
In France, we are talking about paraplegics and quadriplegics who are placed in a special seat which has just one wheel underneath and two extended front handle bars and an extended rear handle bar requiring two able-bodied persons to keep it upright and moving – one in the front and one in the back. More volunteers are needed for supply, support and cooking. And there are relay teams who then take over, after a number of days. This contraption is a French invention, called la Joëlette – named after its inventor: a mountaineer and guide called Joël Claudel for his disabled nephew. See photo of a Joëlette in operation.
"I am like a lot of people, I want to live my live intensely. I should live either in my head, or with the physical means I have today. I feel sad when I see people doing nothing with their life, claiming to feel apathetic, because they may miss interesting things or ideas."
This is what Stéphane said, and without him the "Joëlette" and the Handi Cap Evasion Association would not exist today.
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