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Category: Wheelchair Accessible Crib

Modified Crib

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted crib for a mother with C6-7 quadriplegia who uses a motorized wheelchair and. The mother has wrist function but no use of her fingers. She did not have the reach or strength to operate the crib’s drop side, and could not get near enough to the crib once the side was down because it got in the way of her chair. Previous adaptations by TAD staff would not work in this case since the mother used a motorized wheelchair. A TAD volunteer offered a different solution - a sliding gate. The entire drop side was removed and two new fixed sections, which sit at either end, and two gates in the center, which slide open outside the fixed sections were added. The mother was concerned that the gates would extend too far beyond the crib when opened; therefore, the design required that the gates not be the entire width of the side. However, with some adjustment of the spacing between the pickets, there was more than half the side to work with. The gates slide on the type of runner normally used for kitchen drawers. The locking mechanism had to be childproof but easy enough for the mother to open with her limited hand use. The door latch was placed at the bottom of the crib well out of the child’s reach and line of sight. The crib was also raised so that the mother’s wheelchair could fit underneath it, castors were added to make the cot easy to move around the house, and struts between the legs on each side were used to reinforce the cot. TITLE: Sliding Cot Door. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 2, Autumn 2011: pp. 10-11. PAGES: 3 with cover.

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08/25/2012
Modified Crib

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD) Organization Type: 
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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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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids