Todd Hargroder sustained a spinal cord injury at the age of 19. While attending college he founded Accessible Designs, Inc. (ADI) with one product and over a twenty-year period, grew the business to be a leader in cutting edge products for the wheelchair mobility industry attaining worldwide sales and distribution. In 2015, he sold ADI to Stealth Product a division of Pride Mobility.
Todd enjoys technology and studies many industries for design inspiration. He holds multiple US patents and has been awarded SBIR and NIH grants to further the study of mobility products. Recently, Todd was recognized as one of the top innovators in the history of wheelchair mobility.
In addition to multiple entrepreneur endeavors, Todd serves as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology providing over thirty years of industry insight on product development and commercialization expertise for the Healthy Home Laboratory initiative and co instructs the Design Course for the Masters in Rehabilitation Technology program.
With new endeavors in design, innovation and research, he continues his work of developing life changing technology for ALL.
Fun Tech Fact Questions & Answers:
Q: Mainstream tech device you can’t live without? Why?
A: Cellphone. Besides being my connection to the outside world, it operates all my Smart Home Technology.
Q: What was your first cell phone?
A: Motorola install phone on the interior of a 1987 van.
Q: What mainstream tech is at the top of your Wishlist?
A: A thin/lightweight tablet that will allow me to sketch and markup documents on screen.
Q: What mainstream tech device would you be and why?
A: An outdoor Sono’s speaker, I like music and the outdoors.