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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized linking device between wheelchair and stroller for an individual with spinal cord injury. While the individual could push the stroller and use her wheelchair in tandem for short distances, this configuration was not idea for various surfaces and/or travel over long distances. The individual obtained a stroller that has swiveling wheels at the front and fixed wheels at the back. An adaptation using the stroller was created taking from previous pram-type adaptations while solely using the stroller in a pram-like fashion. Due to the stroller’s swiveling wheels in the front and the fixed wheels in the back meant that the linking device also needed to lift the back wheels off the ground, so that the stroller can move sideways when the individual turns corners in her wheelchair. A linking device was made from very light square steel tube, and hooks onto to the crossbar at the back of the stroller. This design helps the individual position the link while being able to fit it one-handed to avoid overbalancing. The link is locked onto the stroller using swiveling hooks which turn through a small arc and are fixed in place with thumb-screws. The wheelchair end of the link has vertical tubes which drop into larger diameter tubes on the wheelchair. The clearance between the two tubes allows the stroller to move around when travelling over rough ground or changes in slope — if there was no clearance the link would bend or break. The tubes on the wheelchair are the mounts for the front castors, but after removing the rubber stopper, they were also just right for holding the link. The wheelchair is made from titanium alloy that is difficult to drill or weld otherwise the adaptation would have required clamping on suitable tubes. The frame of the stroller was reinforced to withstand the pressure of the back wheels being lifted off the ground. The final touch was adding a strap which goes around both the stroller and the wheelchair, just in case the link somehow becomes disconnected. TITLE: Wheeling the baby. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 2, April 2010: pp. 4-5. PAGES: 3 with cover.
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