Button and Zip wtih No Grip (BAZWNG) is a low-tech assistive technology designed and developed by Shawn O’Bray.
It is a dressing aid designed to help button and zip pants independently.
Here is Shawn’s story:
When I was 19 I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed.
I spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital in rehab learning how to dress, drive, write, feed myself and anything else I would need to know to be a productive part of society, including going to college.
I was in good shape so knowing that I still had a long life ahead of me I wanted to become independent and I succeeded, except for one thing: I couldn’t button and zip my pants.
I had tried many of the products that are on the market to see if any of them would work but they were designed for people with limited grip and they simply just didn’t work, so I was left with keeping someone near me to help with buttoning and zipping my pants.
One night as I was lying in bed thinking about the problem, I had an idea of a tool that might work. The next day I drew my idea on a piece of paper and had a friend build it for me. The first one didn’t work exactly right, but with some minor modifications I had a working product that required no grip whatsoever.
The product worked so effectively that I still use the same one today. I’ve been using it for over 10 years!
Just recently I decided that I should get this product out so other people could have the advantage that I have.
I have spent dozens of hours on the internet, including the patent office and have not found a product like this. The website has short videos showing how it works. Check it out by clicking here.
The BAZWNG is available for sale for only $12 for one and $10 if you get more than one.
We are also developing a similar product for shirts.