The OHMI (One-handed Musical Instruments) Trust is a pioneer in the development and adaptation of musical instruments for people who are physically disabled. Any deficiency or impairment in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result, millions across the world are excluded from music-making for the lack of suitable instruments.
Virtually no musical instruments can be played without ten highly dextrous fingers. This denies unlimited and undifferentiated participation in musical life to those with congenital disabilities and to amputees, as well as the millions who may have been injured, suffered a stroke, developed arthritis or for whatever reason lack the full strength and control of their upper limbs.
OHMI’s objective is to remove the barriers to music-making so as to enable full and undifferentiated participation in musical life.
It achieves this through four key areas:
1. Commissioning the development of instruments and enabling apparatus where no solution already exists or which needs further refinement. It does this through a biennial competition.
2. Teaching through its Music-Makers programme.
3. Raising Awareness about the disparity of music provision for disabled students.
4. Its collaboration with Queen Mary University, London and Birmingham City University as The OHMI Research Partnership (ORP).