Global Research, Innovation, and Technology (GRIT)


GRIT is a social enterprise startup based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We believe in a stakeholder-driven design process, where the people who use a technology help to design it. We started working together while we were students studying mechanical engineering at MIT, and we founded GRIT to make the Freedom Chair a reality. We have put our blood, sweat and tears into this product and we can’t wait to see what you will do with it.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.