Cesar Chavez Teacher Celle Myrann and Group of Enterprising Students Receive Patent for Physical Therapy Chair

Posted by Community Relations on 10/22/2014

It has taken a few years, but teacher Celle Myrann and a group of enterprising students who designed a physical therapy chair, has received a patent for the item. The chair was developed with a $10,000 grant that the inventors won through the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program in 2009. Two members of the InvenTeam, Antonio Hernandez and Diego Vazquez, were invited to the White House and met President Obama in 2010 during a science week celebration. The patent was issued on September 30, and the designers celebrated its arrival, October 21 at the school.

The Chavez InvenTeam collaborated with their Special Education Department to invent a motorized medical device for positioning medically fragile students during therapies and daily living activities such as eating, drinking, and learning activities. It is adjustable for a student’s size and variety of physical conditions and supports the full human range of motion.