Category: Upper Extremity Disabilities

One-Handed Walker

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted one-handed walker for an individual having use of only one hand following a stroke. This simple but effective adaptation was created by cutting off the existing handles of the walker while managing to remove one of the handgrips intact. The handgrip was placed in the center of a new bar which spans the space between the two original handlebars. Underneath the handgrip, a single brake lever was mounted which was then connected to a splitter allowing equal pressure to be applied to the brakes on both sides. This adaptation allows the individual to use the central grip to steer the walker, and easily reach the brake lever just below it. The new bar rests on the handlebar on the one side and locks in place on that side using a tri-nut. On the other wise it pivots, enabling it to be folded down out of the way when the individual wants to use the seat. None of these modifications affected the ability to fold the frame when it needed to go in the car. TITLE: Simple but effective. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 14-15. PAGES: 3 with cover.

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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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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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