Category: Lower Extremity Disabilities

Custom Adapted Footstool

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted footstool for an adult with cerebral palsy. This individual worked as a disability advocate and often spends most of her eight-hour work day at her desk. She had difficulty with her feet resting on the floor while sitting and would experience swelling and muscle spasms, particularly when she was tired. Commercially available footstools were ill suited. The custom adapted stool was created using lightweight plywood to construct a box-shaped footstool with an angled top with a 10 degree tilt. The footstool is 700 millimeters across and wider than standard footstools to accommodate the involuntary movements of the user’s legs. Six strips of anti-slip fabric were put on the base of the footstool to stop it from slipping on the carpet; another strip was placed along the top the footstool to prevent the user’s feet from sliding off. Small handles were placed on each side for easy moving. TITLE: Office modifications. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 2, Autumn 2011: p. 16. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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Custom Adapted Footstool

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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