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Accessible Backpack


TOM @ Uni




Steve has complete loss of central vision and limited peripheral vision. With the use of his cane and various visual aids (i.e., eyeglasses and magnifying glasses), Steve maintains a great level of independence. However, as a person with visual impairment Steve is mindful about his safety in the community. Steve has expressed a desire for a less cumbersome accessory that allows him to easily organise, access and protect his belongings whilst out in the community.


Steve's team created the 'Steve Swing', an accessible backpack allowing him to organise and access his required items. The Steve Swing is bright yellow with a rigid body and customized inbuilt side compartments. Steve can swing the bag to the front of his body and access his belongings from the side compartment.

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Safety Information

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All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM: Melbourne event or program.
The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
TOM: Melbourne are unable to advise on the suitability of any design or device for your personal situation, however if you have general questions relating to the instructions or documentation, please contact us via our  email:


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