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Support Fixture For Powered Wheelchair

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a support fixture for a powered wheelchair for a woman with a progressive neurological disorder to travel independently away from the hospital with all her required medical pumps and support devices. This young woman is dependent on getting her food and medications through pumps attached to her powered wheelchair by a customized bracket. As her medical needs have increased she needed three additional pumps to meet her needs, but the bulk and weight of the additional pumps make it nearly impossible for her to travel independently or leave the hospital due to the difficulties in transporting her wheelchair and all her equipment. A TAD volunteer visited the woman in the hospital, accessed her chair, and formulated a solution—a fixture that supports all five pumps on the back of the powered chair. The fixture featured brackets which held a longer central pole, two extra upright tubes on either side of the headrest, and custom made attachments for IV fluids. This set up allowed the woman to leave the hospital and go see her favorite football team for the first time in several years as well as gain greater independence. TITLE: Natalie’s Freedom. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 3, December 2012: p. 11. PAGES: 2 with cover.

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Support Fixture For Powered Wheelchair

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (Tad)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (Tad) Organization Type: 
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TADNSW 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.
Address: 
Locked Bag 2008
2145 Wentworthville Australia
Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
Fax: -11742
AU
Phone (U.S. and Canada): 
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids
 
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